Statement of former first lady Nancy Reagan on the death of former President Gerald R. Ford:
"I was deeply saddened this evening when I heard of Jerry Fords death. Ronnie and I always considered him a dear friend and close political ally.
"His accomplishments and devotion to our country are vast, and even long after he left the Presidency he made it a point to speak out on issues important to us all. I know that his early support of stem cell research has been important in getting the U.S. Congress to debate the potential lifesaving cures and treatments that may result.
"I know the days ahead will be very difficult for Betty and my love and deepest sympathy go out to her and the entire Ford family.