Michael Reagan blasted as “falsehoods and lies and conspiracy theories to sell books,” the suggestion by half-brother Ron Reagan that their father may have had Alzheimer’s disease while still in the White House.
“In order for that that happen, you would have to have doctors, the Secret Service and other family members all part of the same conspiracy,” he told Politics Daily. Reagan’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s was not announced publicly until 1994, five years after he left office.
Michael ripped the excerpt from Ron’s book, “My Father at 100,” that appears in Sunday’s Parade magazine. Ron Jr. cites a 1989 post-presidential visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota after a riding accident. “Surgeons opening his skull to relieve pressure on the brain emerged from the operating room with the news that they had detected probable signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Further tests conducted the following year confirmed those suspicions.”