God Bless Him

A Light in the wilderness is going out.

The White House was informed that the 93-year-old former president’s health had changed significantly in the past several days, a person familiar with Reagan’s condition said Saturday.

Reagan has been out of the public eye since disclosing a decade ago that he had Alzheimer’s disease. He has lived longer than any other U.S. president.

Rumors about Reagan’s health arose Friday and his office in California said it had received more than 300 calls over the past two days.

“He’s 93 years old. He’s had Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years. There are plenty of rumors. When there is something significant to report I will do so,” the Reagan family’s chief of staff, Joanne Drake, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

White House officials also checked on Reagan’s health Friday. The White House was told his health has deteriorated and “the time is getting close,” according to the person familiar with Reagan’s health, who did not want to be identified out of sensitivity to the family. “It could be weeks. It could be months.”