Former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, looks on during the announcement of the naming of the new infirmary at the Royal Chelsea Hospital on February 14, 2008 in London, England. The new infirmary, to be opened next year, will be named the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY
- Margaret Thatcher was prime minister 1979 to 1990
- Thatcher is the only female to have held PM's office
- Thatcher, who was 87, had been in poor health for some time
LONDON - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on Monday following a stroke, her spokesman, Lord Bell, said.
She was 87. Thatcher had been in ill health for some time.
She held the office of prime minister in the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She was the first and only woman to do so.
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."
Current British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a tweet: "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."
Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the queen was saddened to hear the news. She is expected to send a private message to the family.
A further statement from the Thatcher family is expected later.