Presidents' causes of death

We all know our US presidents by the lives they lived -- and yet their deaths are often just as interesting.
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June 5 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States.

For most of his life, Reagan was a poster boy for good health. He was 70 in 1981 when he became the oldest elected president in the country's history. In March 1981, just weeks into his first term, Reagan was shot in an assassination attempt but survived.

We all know our US presidents by the lives they lived -- and yet their deaths are often just as interesting. Click through to Bing to discover how these former presidents died.

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--By Anne Hurley for MSN Healthy Living

1 of 21 Ronald Reagan (© Michael Evans/The White House/Getty Images)

Gerald Ford

Though President Ford's time in the White House could be called unremarkable, many Americans were glad for the respite after the divisive presidency of Richard Nixon, whose resignation led to Ford's becoming president. An avid golfer, Ford was athletic despite occasional bouts of clumsiness, made famous on "Saturday Night Live" by Chevy Chase (watch clips). Ford was also the target of two failed assassination attempts.

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2 of 21 Gerald Ford (© CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

Richard Nixon

President Nixon suffered the indignity of both impeachment and being the only US president to resign from office. Despite the granting of a pardon by his successor, Nixon's reputation as president suffered for many years. However, he became respected in his later years for his foreign policy decisions.

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3 of 21 Richard Nixon (© Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images)

John F. Kennedy

The charismatic 35th president was elected in a squeaker race in 1960, and the handsome young Democrat (see photos) and his stylish wife, Jacqueline (see photos), ushered in an era of youthful optimism in the midst of the Cold War.

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4 of 21 John F. Kennedy (© Keystone-France/Getty Images)

Dwight Eisenhower

A lifelong chain-smoker, Eisenhower finally quit in 1949, though he continued to drink large amounts of alcohol. The 34th president suffered a heart attack, a mild stroke and chronic Crohn's disease while in office, though he recovered from all three. After leaving office in 1961, Eisenhower suffered several more heart attacks. 

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5 of 21 Dwight Eisenhower (© George Tames/AP)

Harry S. Truman

Former Vice President Harry Truman became the 33rd president when Franklin Roosevelt died in office in 1945. Truman wasn't known for being particularly active or health-conscious, but coming from hardy Midwestern stock may have contributed to his living as long as he did.

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6 of 21 Harry S. Truman (© MPI/Getty Images)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

President Roosevelt and his New Deal are credited with helping to bring the nation out of the Great Depression. Roosevelt had been a fairly healthy young man, but he contracted polio in 1921 when he was 39. The disease left him paralyzed from the waist down, and during his presidency he and his aides went to great lengths to hide his disability.

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7 of 21 Franklin Delano Roosevelt (© Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Woodrow Wilson

The 28th president served two terms that encompassed World War I. He also was in office when women were granted the right to vote. Wilson reportedly suffered several strokes while in office and was out of sight for days and weeks at a time.

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8 of 21 Woodrow Wilson (© Tony Essex/Getty Images)

Theodore Roosevelt

The 26th president made a name for himself as an outdoorsman, conservationist, war hero and adventurer. But the adventures he had as a "Rough Rider," especially in the Amazon jungles, led to infections and health problems that would plague him his whole life.

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9 of 21 Theodore Roosevelt (© Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

William McKinley

Early in his second term, on Sept. 5, 1901, President McKinley was speaking at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., when he was shot twice in the abdomen. One bullet only grazed him, but the second could not be found. Ironically, McKinley was shot near a booth displaying a new device called the X-ray, which might have saved the president's life had the machine been used to find the bullet.

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10 of 21 William McKinley (© Universal Images Group/Getty Images)