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Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson dies at 94

Lady Bird Johnson at the White House, 1967 Lady Bird Johnson at the White House, 1967
Lady Bird Johnson looks on as her husband is sworn in on Air Force One, 1963 Lady Bird Johnson looks on as her husband is sworn in on Air Force One, 1963

AUSTIN (AP) - Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson died today at her home in Austin.

She was 94.

The ex-first lady -- whose real first name was "Claudia" -- championed conservation. She worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband -- former President Lyndon B. Johnson.

LBJ died in 1973.

Lady Bird Johnson returned home last month after a week at Seton Medical Center in Austin, where she'd been admitted for a low-grade fever.

A spokeswoman says Lady Bird Johnson died at home -- of natural causes -- about 4:18 pm (central time) -- surrounded by family and friends.

She was hospitalized with a stroke in 2002 that left her with difficulty speaking.

But even after that she continued to make public appearances and in May attended an event at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin.

The longest-living first lady in history was Bess Truman, who was 97 when she died in 1982.

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