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Ronald Reagan Breaks Hip in Fall

January 13, 2001

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Former President Reagan broke his hip in a fall at his home Friday afternoon and will have surgery Saturday, his spokeswoman said.

Reagan, who turns 90 on Feb. 6, was taken by ambulance to St. John’s Health Center, where he was resting comfortably, said his spokeswoman Joanne Drake, who described it as ``just a simple fall.″

The former president’s wife, Nancy, was taken with him to the hospital, Drake said.

She said the surgery would likely involve installing a pin in the hip.

Reagan disclosed in November 1994 in a passionate letter to the American people that he has Alzheimer’s disease. The nation’s 40th chief executive faded from public view a short time later and has been rarely seen outside his home.

He discontinued going to his Century City office in 1999 but still made trips to parks and enjoyed strolls on the Venice Beach boardwalk with his Secret Service contingent.

Drake said that Reagan’s children were notified, including eldest daughter Maureen, who has been undergoing cancer treatments at the same hospital since Dec. 11.

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