Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies
Posted by Carmen Herrera on Apr 8, 2013 - 11:22:07 PM
Conservative British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, died in the morning of
Monday, April 8 after suffering a stroke at age 87.
Lady Thatcher, who was known alternatively as the
“Iron Lady,” passed away in London, England in the Ritz Hotel that she had been
staying since Christmas. Following a series of health problems, which included
strokes that would force her to retire from public speaking, Lady Thatcher's
health would only worsen through the years.
Margaret Thatcher. Photo courtesy of hemlutnewton.com.
Tim Bell, who was the spokesperson of Mrs.
Thatcher, released a statement Monday saying: "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
Lord Bell also spoke on her final months and the
deteriorating health that took her life: “She wasn’t well, and had been
deteriorating for some months. She still had times when she was like her old
self but most of the time she was in frail health in recent months.”
Deemed as one
of the most powerful Prime Ministers of the country, Lady Thatcher was the
first and only female Prime Minister of Britain. She took office on May 4, 1979 until November 28, 1990, totaling for one of the longest tenures in the countries
history. Her determined-conservative principles were later deemed as
“Thatcherism,” which promoted anti-communism, free markets, traditionalism and
Former prime minister Tony Blair released a
statement saying: "Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure. Very
few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but
of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast.."
Lady Thatcher would also become one of President
Ronald Reagan’s closest allies in fighting communism during the Cold War in the
eighties and her popularity rose in the country following the victory over the
Falkland Islands against Argentina in 1982, leading to her re-election in 1983
and for a third term in 1987.
President Barack Obama released a statement
saying, "the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and
liberty, and America has lost a true friend. Here in America, many of us will
never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding
the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we
can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will."
Former First Lady and widow of President Reagan,
Nancy Reagan remembered Thatcher saying they "had a very special
"I think people thought she and I didn't
have a relationship," Reagan stated. "Nothing could be farther from
the truth. And of course I loved it that she and Ronnie were as close as they
After being challenged for the leadership of the
Conservative Party and losing support from the public and her Cabinet, Thatcher
resigned from Prime Minister in 1990 and was succeeded by John Major.
Margaret Thatcher was also portrayed by Meryl
Streep in the 2011 biopic “The Iron Lady,” which she won her third Academy
Award at the 2012 Oscars. Streep herself released a statement, calling Thatcher
“a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics.”
"It is hard to imagine a part of our current
history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the UK at the end of the 20th century,” continued Streep. “I wish
to convey my respectful condolences to her family and many friends.”
Though no official date has been announced, her
ceremonial funeral will take place in London and her ashes will be laid to rest
beside her husband, Denis, who died in 2003, at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.