Margaret Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell has said. 'It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,' Lord Bell told Press Association. 'A further statement will be made later.'
The Baroness, Britain's first and only woman prime minister, was 87-years-old. She had become increasingly frail and was suffering ill health in recent years. She was admitted to hospital shortly before Christmas where she underwent an operation to remove a growth from her bladder but was allowed to return home before new year.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron led the tributes on Twitter saying, "It was with great sadness that I learned of Lady Thatcher's death. We've lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton". Major of London Boris Johnson also tweeted about Thatcher's legacy, telling his followers: "Very sad to hear of death of Baroness Thatcher. Her memory will live long after the world has forgotten the grey suits of today's politics."
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