U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz shares the story of his sister's death from an overdose saying, ''She wasn't prepared to change the path she was on.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday (February 4) shared the story of his sister Miriam's death from an overdose saying, "She wasn't prepared to change the path she was on." Miriam was nine years older and the daughter of the Texas senator's father and his first wife. As kids, they spent summers together. "As her baby brother. I would play with her. She would let me pull on her hair. Pull on her hair nonstop," Cruz said. "Miriam her whole life was angry. She never forgave my dad for divorcing her mother. Her whole life she had a rage. She was angry at the world, she was angry at God," Cruz said. "I would save money from my allowance, she would steal it," Cruz said. Cruz said his sister was in a car accident and had a back injury and became addicted to pain killers. He said her life spiraled downward and she ended up in jail. When she got out of jail she got involved with someone from jail and they "were living in a crack house," Cruz said. "She wasn't prepared to change the path she was on." "Then a few years ago, Miriam died of an overdose," Cruz said. "Joey, her son, found her in her bed. The coroner ruled it accidental. We will never know," Cruz said.