In a developing story that is just breaking Monday morning, the BBC has reported former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died after suffering a stroke.
Thatcher, 87, was the first and only woman to serve as the U.K.’s Prime Minister.
Known affectionately as the “Iron Lady,” Thatcher , a member of the Conservative Party, served as Prime Minister from 1979-1990.
Her spokesman released the following announcement to the BBC:
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.”
According to the BBC:
In a statement on the Downing Street Twitter feed, Mr Cameron said: “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.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family,” it said.