LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former First Lady Nancy Reagan said Friday she was deeply saddened by news of Betty Ford's death, calling her an inspiration to many.
In a statement Friday, Reagan praised Ford's efforts to educate women about breast cancer and her work at the Betty Ford Center, a rehabilitation center.
Reagan praised Ford's courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with Americans. Though talking about addiction was taboo, Ford faced her struggles with drugs and alcohol openly.
Reagan says Ford was former President Gerald Ford's "strength through some very difficult days in our country's history."