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LOS ANGELES--Former First Lady Betty Ford has confirmed that Former President Gerald Ford has died at the age of 93.
"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age." Former First Lady Betty Ford said in a statement late Tuesday Night.
Mrs. Ford added, "His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country."
An Omaha, Nebraska native, Former President Gerald Ford was a veteran of World War II and entered politics when he was elected as a Republican into the House of Representatives in 1948.
Gerald R. Ford took the oath of office as 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974, stating that "the long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works." Ford was the first person appointed to the Vice Presidency under terms of the 25th Amendment when Spirow Agnew resigned in 1973. Ford was also the first and only president to fill the office without being elected President or Vice President.
Ford is the oldest living president, recently surpassing Ronald Reagan's record on November 12th.
Ford's health deteriorated in January when he was admitted into the Eisenhower Medical Center in California for treatment of pneumonia. During the past year, Ford also underwent two heart procedures.
Gerald Ford was 93.
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