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Nancy Reagan dead: Celebrities and politicians react to the former first lady's passing

Politicians and celebrities are mourning the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday at the age of 94.

Reagan was known as one of the most influential first ladies in the history of the United States.

"With charm, grace, and a passion for America, this couple reminded us of the greatness and the endurance of the American experiment," Mitt Romney wrote of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

Actress Elizabeth Banks called the former first lady a "boss."

Barack and Michelle Obama

The president and first lady released a statement
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The president and first lady released a statement following Nancy Reagan's death:

"Nancy Reagan once wrote that nothing could prepare you for living in the White House. She was right, of course. But we had a head start, because we were fortunate to benefit from her proud example, and her warm and generous advice.

Our former First Lady redefined the role in her time here. Later, in her long goodbye with President Reagan, she became a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer's, and took on a new role, as advocate, on behalf of treatments that hold the potential and the promise to improve and save lives.

We offer our sincere condolences to their children, Patti, Ron, and Michael, and to their grandchildren. And we remain grateful for Nancy Reagan's life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again."

Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio released a statement following
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Mayor Bill de Blasio released a statement following Nancy Reagan's passing:

"New Yorkers are deeply saddened by the passing of First Lady Nancy Reagan, a warm and intelligent woman who loved this country and President Reagan with compassion and grace. She is missed throughout the five boroughs today, particularly in Flushing, Queens where she was born. First Lady Reagan utilized her position and convictions to advocate on behalf of children, veterans, seniors, those with Alzheimer's disease and mental and emotional health disorders -- and today we carry forth Nancy's torch to remember and thank her for dedicating her life to the American people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones."

Chuck Schumer

Sen. Charles Schumer said Nancy Reagan was
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Sen. Charles Schumer said Nancy Reagan was "invaluable" in helping pass the Brady Law, a gun violence prevention bill, which the New York senator authored in the early 90s. The bill was named after James Brady, who was shot during an assassination attempt of them-President Ronald Reagan.

"You didn't have to be a Reagan Republican to admire respect Nancy Reagan," Schumer told amNewYork. "She was a tower of strength, alongside her husband, and had strong beliefs. When she felt strongly about something, she would break from the political orthodoxy."

NASA

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"We're saddened by the loss of Nancy Reagan. In her honor, here's a pic of her w/ Space Shuttle Columbia in July 1982," NASA shared on Twitter.

Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted:
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted: "Saddened to hear of the passing of Nancy Reagan, an elegant woman and wonderful First Lady who served the nation well. She will be missed."

Donald Trump

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"Nancy Reagan, the wife of a truly great President, was an amazing woman. She will be missed!" the GOP presidential front-runner tweeted.

Hillary and Bill Clinton

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"Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn of Nancy Reagan's passing," former president Bill Clinton wrote in a statement.

"Nancy was an extraordinary woman: a gracious First Lady, proud mother, and devoted wife to President Reagan--her Ronnie. Her strength of character was legendary, particularly when tested by the attempted assassination of the President, and throughout his battle with Alzheimer's. She leaves a remarkable legacy of good that includes her tireless advocacy for Alzheimer's research and the Foster Grandparent Program.

"We join all Americans in extending our prayers and condolences to her beloved children and her entire family during this difficult time."

Ted Cruz

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"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," the GOP presidential candidate tweeted.

Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders released a
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders released a statement following Nancy Reagan's death:

"No matter your party or political ideology, this is a sad day for America. Nancy Reagan was an exemplary first lady. A devoted partner, she was her husband's most trusted advisor and, as such, served our country well. Even after her time in the White House, she was an outspoken advocate for stem-cell research to find a cure for Alzheimer's. Nancy Reagan had a good heart, and she will be dearly missed."

Marco Rubio

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"Today our nation mourns the loss of Nancy Reagan, a true example of integrity and grace. My prayers are with the entire Reagan family," Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio wrote on Twitter.

John Kasich

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich released
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Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich released this statement:

"President Reagan has been reunited with his wife and partner but America and the Reagan family have lost a woman of grace and strength. I join people from around the country and the world in sending them our best thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. A woman of strength and wit, Nancy Reagan's dedication to our country was matched only by that of her husband. Theirs was one of our nation's great love stories and a model of shared devotion to our country. America is stronger and better for their service."

Barbara Bush

Former first lady Barbara Bush released this statement:
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Former first lady Barbara Bush released this statement: "Nancy Reagan was totally devoted to President Reagan, and we take comfort that they will be reunited once more. George and I send our prayers and condolences to her family."

Former president George H. W. Bush served as vice president when Ronald Reagan was president.

Laura and George W. Bush

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"Laura and I are saddened by the loss of former first lady Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan was fiercely loyal to her beloved husband, and that devotion was matched only by her devotion to our country. Her influence on the White House was complete and lasting. During her time as first lady and since, she raised awareness about drug abuse and breast cancer. When we moved into the White House, we benefitted from her work to make those historic rooms beautiful. Laura and I are grateful for the life of Nancy Reagan, and we send our condolences to the entire Reagan family," former president George W. Bush wrote in a statement.

Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan issued this statement:
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House Speaker Paul Ryan issued this statement:

"Ronald Reagan could not have accomplished everything that he did without his wife Nancy. As first lady, she brought a sense of grace and dignity to the White House. She roused the country to redouble the fight against drugs. And she showed us all the meaning of devotion as she cared for President Reagan throughout his long goodbye. She loved her husband, and she loved her country. This was her service. It was her way of giving back. And all of us are very grateful. So on behalf of the entire House, I wish to extend our condolences to the Reagan family and offer our prayers on the passing of a great American, Nancy Reagan."

Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi released
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U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi released this statement:

"Today, officially and personally, our nation mourns the loss of former First Lady of the United States Nancy Reagan.

"As First Lady, Nancy Reagan devoted her time and energy to fighting drug use among children and young adults - bringing national attention to the issue with her 'just say no' campaign. A loving and nurturing wife and mother, Nancy Reagan devoted herself to caring for President Reagan during his battle with Alzheimer's. In 2001, Mrs. Reagan courageously spoke out in support of stem-cell research, channeling her family's private struggle into public advocacy on behalf of the millions of Americans fighting this disease.

"In June 2009, as Speaker and as a Californian, I was honored to welcome Mrs. Reagan to the Capitol and see her joy as we dedicated the statue of President Reagan in the Rotunda.

"I hope that it is a comfort to the entire Reagan family that so many around the world appreciate her life, mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time."

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Former governor of California and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Former governor of California and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Twitter, "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."

"She's with her Ronnie now, but those of us she left behind will miss her dearly."

Mitt Romney

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"With the passing of Nancy Reagan, we say a final goodbye to the days of Ronald Reagan," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wrote on Facebook.

"With charm, grace, and a passion for America, this couple reminded us of the greatness and the endurance of the American experiment. Some underestimate the influence of a First Lady but from Martha and Abigail through Nancy and beyond, these women have shaped policy, strengthened resolve, and drawn on our better angels. God and Ronnie have finally welcomed a choice soul home," he continued.

Elizabeth Banks

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"I sat near #Nancy Reagan once and felt like a teenager seeing one of my idols," the actress wrote. "She was a BOSS. #RIPNancy."

Melissa Joan Hart

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"Farewell to one of America's great women #NancyReagan. It was a pleasure to shake your hand and be in your presence for so many wonderful #ronaldreaganlibrary events! So proud to be a chairman of the library and try to help carry on your mission to make the world a better place! #RIP," actress Melissa Joan Hart shared on Instagram.

Piers Morgan

Journalist Piers Morgan tweeted:
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Journalist Piers Morgan tweeted: "RIP Nancy Reagan. One of the great First Ladies in American presidential history."

Meghan McCain

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"RIP Nancy Reagan - truly an iconic First Lady and the epitome of American class and grace," Meghan McCain tweeted.

Ann Coulter

Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter wrote on
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Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter wrote on Twitter: "Nancy Reagan was also an elegant, graceful, mostly silent representative of American womanhood. She's not responsible for glasnost."

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