Former Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher has died aged 87, after suffering a stroke earlier this morning.
Lord Bell, Thatcher’s spokesperson, said: “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully following a stroke this morning.”
The Iron Lady died at the Ritz hotel in London, where she has been living, following an operation in December last year (2012). Neither of her children was with her when she died.
Over the past decade, Lady Thatcher has suffered regular bouts of illness, including a series of small strokes and dementia. She is to have a state funeral with military honours at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Prime Minister David Cameron has cut his European trip short and is set to return to London following the news. The flag at 10 Downing Street is currently flying at half-mast as a sign of respect for the former Prime Minister.
Baroness Thatcher was the first, and only, female British Prime Minister from 1979-1990, winning three successive general elections. She was a former member of the Conservative Party and is a controversial figure due to her radical reforms. Her death has caused mixed reactions worldwide.
Here are some celebrity tweets in response to the news of her death:
“It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We’ve lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton”
“She stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.” —Obama on Margaret Thatcher’s passing
RIP Baroness Thatcher .x
Was in the air when the news came in about Margaret Thatcher. Such a force in Britain through my university days through to my 30s
Bloody typical Thatcher dies when I am in rural Australia. I hate to miss a good street party.
Baroness Thatcher in the 80’s kicked started the entrepreneurial revolution that allowed chirpy chappies to succeed and not just the elite
Getting a bit of backlash about thatcher, maybe I’m not up on history???
Just heard Margaret Thatcher has died…Very sad news! RIP x
Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power ,Margaret Thatcher , a green grocer’s daughter who taught me any thing is possible…x
Brave, divisive, formidable, tough, stubborn, dominant & domineering, Margaret Thatcher bestrode the world like a political colossus. RIP
A lot of miners are discovering they can dance today.