Former first lady Betty Ford dies at 93

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Posted: Jul 08, 2011 9:09 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Betty Ford, the wife of the late President Gerald Ford and whose battles with addiction led to the founding of a famed drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic bearing her name, died on Friday. Ford was 93.

"I was deeply saddened this afternoon when I heard of Betty Ford's death," former first lady Nancy Reagan said in a statement confirming Ford's death.

(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Paul Simao)