Former British Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke. She had been in poor health for years, and according to the Daily Mail, she died peacefully this morning.
Her spokesman Lord Bell revealed the news that the former politician had passed away peacefully after a long battle with poor health.
Lord Bell said: ‘It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.
‘A further statement will be made later.’
Britain’s first and only woman prime minister, who won three consecutive general elections, has been in fragile health since she suffered a series of minor strokes more than a decade ago.
She suffered acute short-term memory loss and had a series of strokes over a decade.
She spent 11 years in Downing Street, the longest run by any 20th century prime minister.
In 1990, a leadership challenge forced her to leave No 10 and two years later she was made a life peer, as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.
In recent years she has led a quiet life cared for by her loyal housekeeper Kate. She suffered a minor stroke in 2002 which left her with short-term memory loss. (Read More)
Thatcher was a champion of free markets and a true conservative leader. You can read her life story here.
Rest in peace, Iron Lady.
Update: Here are the video highlights of Thatcher’s last speech before Parliament. She was fantastic.
Update: Ugh – many people took to twitter this morning and asked “who is Margaret Thatcher?” At least they weren’t dancing on her grave, like others were. Also, Da TechGuy noted that MSNBC’s Morning Joe had to interrupt their Hillary Clinton love-fest to cover the news of Thatcher’s passing. Hillary Clinton is no Margaret Thatcher, that’s for sure.