09 Jul '11, 1am

Former US First Lady Betty Ford dead at 93

Former US First Lady Betty Ford dead at 93

LOS ANGELES: Former US First Lady Betty Ford died Friday at the age of 93, drawing tributes for her inspiring role notably in helping treat drug and alcohol addicts at her California-based health center. The widow of president Gerald Ford, who died in 2006, was also hailed for campaigning for breast cancer awareness and was outspoken on women's rights issues. "Throughout her long and active life (Ford) distinguished herself through her courage and compassion. As our nation's First Lady, she was a powerful advocate for women's health and women's rights," said President Barack Obama. "After leaving the White House, Mrs. Ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment," he added in a statement. And he added: "While her death is a cause for sadness, we know that organizations such as the Betty Ford Center will hon...

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