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12.26.06

Former President Gerald Ford Dies

Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93.

Ford became president when Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974.

He was the only president not elected by voters.

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," Mrs. Ford said in a brief statement issued from her husband's office in Rancho Mirage.

"His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country." The statement did not say where or when Ford died or list a cause of death. Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments - including an angioplasty - in August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

He was the longest living president, followed by Ronald Reagan.

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