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12-27-2006, 07:01 AM

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (CNN) -- Former President Gerald Ford, who became president in 1974 after the resignation of Richard Nixon, died Tuesday at age 93.

Ford, the oldest surviving former U.S. president, died peacefully at 6:45 p.m. PT (9:45 p.m. ET) Tuesday at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, according to a statement from his office. The cause of death was not given.

A statement from Ford's wife, Betty, said: "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. His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country." (Watch how Ford's theme was 'a return to honesty' (http://javascript%3cb%3e%3c/b%3E:cnnVideo('play','/video/us/2006/12/27/blitzer.ford.obit.cnn','2007/01/10');) http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/.element/img/1.5/main/icon_video.gif (http://javascript%3cb%3e%3c/b%3E:cnnVideo('play','/video/us/2006/12/27/blitzer.ford.obit.cnn','2007/01/10');))

The nation's 38th president spent several days in the fall of 2006 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage for medical tests. At the time of his release, on October 16, his chief of staff, Penny Circle, said he would "resume normal activities."

In August, he was discharged from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after undergoing an angioplasty procedure to reduce or eliminate blockages in his coronary arteries. Doctors also implanted a pacemaker to improve his heart performance.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Michael, Jack and Steven; and a daughter, Susan.

President Bush issued a statement saying that he and first lady Laura Bush were "greatly saddened" to hear of the former president's death.

12-27-2006, 07:45 PM
Bush is probably jumping for joy, just like when Reagan died. A chance to take the attention off Iraq for a few days and to show himself the super caring president while he bullshits about what a great president Ford was.

12-27-2006, 08:10 PM
Ford gave us Cheney and Rumsfeld.

12-27-2006, 08:33 PM