This holiday season continues to be marked by loss as former U.S. President Gerald Ford passes at age 93. Surely as we are born, we must die, but the sadness is still overwhelming.
Last month he became the longest-living US president when he reached 93 years and 122 days, passing the record held by Ronald Reagan.
Mr Ford was never elected president. He took office after Richard Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal in 1974 but lost to Jimmy Carter in 1976.
President George W Bush paid tribute to Mr Ford, a fellow Republican, praising his "integrity and common sense". [MORE]
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