Former first lady Betty Ford dies at 93

FILE-- President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty Ford are shown in July 1975. Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon's scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America's history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday Dec. 26, 2006. He was 93. (AP Photo / file )

July 8, 2011 7:07:27 PM PDT
Betty Ford, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center, has died, a family friend said Friday. She was 93.