Former First Lady Nancy Reagan said she is "terribly saddened" by the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and described her as a "true champion of freedom and democracy."
In a statement released Monday, Nancy Reagan acknowledged the "very special relationship" between Thatcher and her husband, the late President Ronald Reagan.
Their relationship was developed "as leaders of their respective countries during one of the most difficult and pivotal periods in modern history," the statement said.
"Ronnie and Margaret were political soul mates, committed to freedom and resolved to end Communism," Nancy Reagan said. "As prime minister, Margaret had the clear vision and strong determination to stand up for her beliefs at a time when so many were afraid to 'rock the boat.'"