On this day in 2004, Ronald Reagan lost his nearly ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. President Reagan informed the nation of his condition in November of 1994. In a candid, handwritten letter he wrote:
“At the moment, I feel just fine… Unfortunately, as Alzheimer’s Disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from the painful experience.”
In 1995, Ronald and Nancy Reagan established an institute dedicated to the study of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Ronald Reagan passed away at home in California at the age of 93.