Nancy Reagan, decked out in red lace dress & gold earrings & necklace set, at "president's dinner"
(Reagan endorsement of Bush's candidacy). Diana Walker / Time & Life Pictures via Getty Image, file
Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died, according to a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library. She was 94.
The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to her rep Joanne Drake. "Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004," Drake wrote in a statement.
"Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library."
"It is a very sad day," former Ronald Reagan Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein told NBC News.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan asked that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation at www.reaganlibrary.com, Drake said.
Reagan was an actress when she met Ronald Reagan in 1949, then an actor and president of the Screen Actors Guild.
Nancy Reagan was born in New York City and when she was six her mother, Edith, a stage actress, married Dr. Loyal Davis, a neurosurgeon. The doctor adopted Nancy and she grew up in Chicago. She later attended Smith College in Massachusetts, where she majored in theater.