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Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies

Former First Lady Betty Ford has died.

She was 93.

The outspoken former First Lady helped thousands of addicts over the years at the Betty Ford Clinic.

Jake Tapper at ABC reported on her death:

Betty Ford, wife of former President Gerald Ford and the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction, has died at age 93.

In public, she was one of the most visible and outspoken first ladies in history. In private, she triumphed over serious personal adversity. She was married to Gerald Ford for 58 years. Shortly after becoming president in 1974, Ford said, “I am indebted to no man and to only one woman, my dear wife.”

Ford died Friday at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., ABC News has learned. Her cause of death was not immediately clear.

Ford’s family has traveled to California and expects to arrange a service in Palm Springs soon, Barbara Lewandrowski, a family spokeswoman, told The Associated Press. Ford will be buried alongside her husband, the former president, at his library in Grand Rapids, Mich., she added.

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