The death of Nancy Reagan, the former First Lady and wife of President Ronald Reagan brought forth countless reactions on Twitter as political leaders and candidates, public figures and celebrities paused to pay tribute and offer condolences. Here is a roundup of what is being said.
The sad news broke on Sunday, March 6th, in a written statement from Nancy Reagan’s rep, that the former Hollywood actress and First Lady had died at age 94 of congestive heart failure. It brought the usual Sunday morning political brawling to a full stop, as the world took pause, to pay tribute to the iconic former First Lady.
Without doubt, she was one of the most influential First Ladies of the 20th century, and indeed of all of American history. She and her husband Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President, were an inseparable couple, and their love story has been admired and celebrated.
In fact, the last time Nancy Reagan was seen in public was in 2014, on the 10th anniversary of her husband’s death, as, she visited his grave at the Ronald Reagan Library where she will be buried next to him.
She will be remembered as her husband’s greatest defender and companion, and for her elegance and grace. There are so many indelible, iconic images of Nancy Reagan in her signature red, her favorite color. She’s also remembered for her iconic “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign during her tenure as First Lady.
Later, she became her husband’s stalwart caretaker and advocate as he battled Alzheimer’s disease in the final decade of his life, until his death in 2004. She courageously went against the Republican Party platform and then-President George W. Bush in her advocacy for stem-cell research for Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s an in estimable legacy, from the Hollywood actress known as Nancy Davis who married a Hollywood actor named Ronald Reagan (as pictured above, in 1964) and, quite literally, the rest is history.
Here is a roundup of what is being said of Nancy Reagan.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 6, 2016
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 6, 2016
This is a sad day for America. Nancy Reagan had a good heart, and she will be dearly missed. pic.twitter.com/IXbgObtjtd
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 6, 2016
Nancy’s strength of character was legendary, and her advocacy—especially for Alzheimer’s research—was tireless. Praying for her family. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 6, 2016
Nancy Reagan, the wife of a truly great President, was an amazing woman. She will be missed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2016
I am saddened by the passing of my step mother Nancy Reagan…She is once again with the man she loved.God Bless…
— Michael Reagan (@ReaganWorld) March 6, 2016
Rest in peace, Nancy Reagan. She touched the heart of a nation and made the world a better place. pic.twitter.com/BEscm47daQ
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 6, 2016
Nancy Reagan was one of my heroes. She served as First Lady with unbelievable power, class and grace and left her mark on the world. (1/2)
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 6, 2016
With the passing of Nancy Reagan, God and Ronnie have finally welcomed a choice soul home. https://t.co/NjiOBT9xoQ
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 6, 2016
Today our nation mourns the loss of Nancy Reagan, a true example of integrity and grace. My prayers are with the entire Reagan family.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 6, 2016
Ohio Gov. John Kasich's statement on the passing of Nancy Reagan: pic.twitter.com/1EWpzAY01B
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) March 6, 2016
Our thoughts & prayers are with the Reagan family & all those who Nancy Reagan so deeply touched over the years. pic.twitter.com/sfwNeu6W5A
— GOP (@GOP) March 6, 2016
My friend Nancy Reagan died aged 94 The end of an era,#Love the 80s
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) March 6, 2016
My first memory of Nancy Reagan was on Different Strokes. The drug episode.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) March 6, 2016
Nancy Reagan will be remembered for her deep passion for this nation and love for her husband, Ronald. The Reagan family is in our prayers.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 6, 2016
RIP Nancy Reagan. With your love once again.
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) March 6, 2016
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) March 6, 2016
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) March 6, 2016
Nancy Reagan was an exemplary First Lady and woman. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones. RIP Mrs. Reagan
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 6, 2016
So sorry to hear about the passing of Nancy Reagan. My thoughts and prayers are with her children today. Especially my friend Patti.
— Melissa Gilbert (@GilbertforMI) March 6, 2016
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) March 6, 2016
— Vanessa Williams (@VWOfficial) March 6, 2016
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) March 6, 2016
Sad to hear Nancy Reagan passed away. She stood up for us in 1984 when we were banned from playing July 4 D.C. Show. Ended up being great.
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) March 6, 2016
Reactions to the death of Nancy Reagan continue to pour in, as #NancyReagan and #RIPNancyReagan continue to be trending topics on Twitter and public figures, political leaders, celebrities and others express their appreciation and share tributes and condolences on the passing of the iconic First Lady.
Pictures: Reagan Library, US National Archives