Former President Ford Dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) _  There's universal praise today of President Gerald Ford, who has died at age 93.  Ford died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, last night.

President Bush, former first lady Nancy Reagan and Ford's former chief of staff, Alexander Haig, have all expressed their condolences and praised the former leader.  A statement from former first lady Betty Ford says the late president was a "beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.''  He was the longest living president, followed by Ronald Reagan, who also died at 93.

Funeral arrangements are to be announced sometime today.  They are expected to reflect his collegial character and unassuming style in the White House.

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