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Betty Ford Dies

Former First Lady Betty Ford has died. She was 93 years old.

Betty Ford, the popular and outspoken former US first lady who founded the world’s most famous substance abuse clinic after admitting her own addiction to alcohol and pills, has died aged 93.

Mrs Ford had played a key role in helping to re-establish American pride and self-respect after her husband Gerald replaced the disgraced Richard Nixon as president in 1974 after the Watergate scandal.

Less than two months after he took office, she underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer.

She was renowned for her candour about matters personal and political, speaking out in favour of abortion rights and gun control – positions that would be anathema to most in the current Republican party hierarchy.

But it was her openness about her addictions and her establishment of the Betty Ford clinic – a facility that pioneered the world of rehabilitation – that was her greatest legacy.

Tributes poured in after the announcement of her death on Friday night…

RIP

Wikipedia has more on her here.

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