LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Former US First Lady Betty Ford died Friday at the age of 93, drawing tributes for her inspiring role notably in helping treat drug and alcohol addicts at her California-based health center. The widow of president Gerald Ford, who died in 2006, was also hailed for campaigning for breast cancer awareness and was outspoken on women's rights issues. "Throughout her long and active life (Ford) distinguished herself through her courage and compassion. As our nations First Lady, she was a powerful advocate for womens health and womens rights," said President Barack Obama.