Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies at 87
Former Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher died after suffering a stroke, the BBC reported on Monday.
Thatcher’s spokesperson, Tim Bell, confirmed her passing in a statement, saying, “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.”
The family is expected to deliver a statement later on Monday.
Thatcher, the first woman to serve in the position, was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, earning the nickname of the “Iron Lady” during her tenure.
According to ABC News, the 87-year-old former Conservative Party leader battled multiple health issues later in life, including dementia and several smaller strokes.
She was first elected to the House of Commons in 1959, representing Finchley, north London, and was named the country’s secretary of education when her party assumed power in 1970, paving the way for her challenge and defeat of former Prime Minister Edward Heath for Conservative leadership five years later. She was subsequently re-elected in 1979, 1983 and 1987.
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