Topics

Helen Thomas
Larry Speakes dies at 74; served as President Reagan's press secretary
Larry Speakes dies at 74; served as President Reagan's press secretary

Larry Speakes, who strained to mediate between a hungry press corps and a media-distrustful White House during six years as President Reagan's press secretary, has died. He was 74. Speakes died in his sleep Friday at his home in Cleveland, Miss. He had Alzheimer's disease, according to Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown. After leaving the White House, Speakes ignited a media firestorm when he wrote in his 1988 memoir "Speaking Out" that he had fed made-up quotes to reporters to make Reagan look better. Speakes became Reagan's acting spokesman after Press Secretary James Brady was injured during an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981. His first steps were...

Loading