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‘I will never forget her’: Mr. T mourns the death of friend Nancy Reagan

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Left: U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan sitting on lap of actor Mr. T, who is dressed as Santa Claus. (White House photo via Reagan Library) | Right: Mr. T attends Nancy Reagan's funeral in Simi Valley, Calif., on March 11, 2016. (Photo by Irfan Khan-Pool/Getty Images)

Left: U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan sitting on lap of actor Mr. T, who is dressed as Santa Claus. (White House photo via Reagan Library) | Right: Mr. T attends Nancy Reagan’s funeral in Simi Valley, Calif., on March 11, 2016. (Photo by Irfan Khan-Pool/Getty Images)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Mr. T is one of many celebrities mourning the loss of former first lady Nancy Reagan.

The actor and former professional wrestler tweeted about Nancy Reagan after she died Sunday at 94, saying she was “very special” to him.

Mr. T said Nancy Reagan invited him to the White House in 1983 and asked him to help her with her “Just Say No” program.

The “A-Team” and “Rocky III” actor, whose real name is Laurence Tureaud, said it was the highlight of his career. He said he will never forget her and was one of many celebrities to attend her funeral.

As first lady during Ronald Reagan’s eight years in the White House, she was known as the “Just Say No” spokeswoman of anti-drug campaigns, and as a fierce protector of her husband, both personally and politically.

When Ronald Reagan was shot in a 1981 assassination attempt, Nancy Reagan never left the hospital where the president was treated until he was released, according to Nancy Reagan’s press secretary, Sheila Tate.

After she and her husband left Washington, she became his protector again as he struggled with Alzheimer’s disease until his death in 2004.

Her official White House biography quotes her as saying, “My life really began when I married my husband.”