Gerald Ford, the accidental President, died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California at 6:45 PM last night. He served the country after the Nixon resignation and provided a needed bridge during the turmoil. Ford had an interesting and varied life, playing football for Michigan while in college, serving as a congressman for many years, and was the last living member of the Warren Commission that investigated the assasination of John F., Kennedy in the 1960’s.
The nation’s 38th president, and the only one not elected to the office or the vice presidency, died at his desert home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
“His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country,” his wife, Betty, said in a statement.
Ford was the longest living former president, surpassing Ronald Reagan, who died in June 2004, by more than a month.
Ford’s office did not release the cause of death, which followed a year of medical problems. He was treated for pneumonia in January and had an angioplasty and pacemaker implant in August.
Funeral arrangements were to be announced Wednesday. via Yahoo! News.