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Margaret Thatcher dies following stroke

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Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on Monday, April 8, 2013, from a stroke. (Getty Images)

LONDON - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died following a stroke at the age of 87, according to her spokesperson.

Britain's first female prime minister, she served from 1979 to 1990, and was the UK's longest serving prime minister of the 20th Century. She was called the "Iron Lady" for her toughness.

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Thatcher stepped away from public life in 2002 after a stroke. She suffered several other strokes in the following years.

She made few public appearances in her final months, missing a reception marking her 85th birthday hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron in October 2010. She also skipped the July 2011 unveiling of a statue honoring her old friend Ronald Reagan in London.

In December 2012, she was hospitalized after a procedure to remove a growth in her bladder.

"It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning," said her spokesperson Lord Bell on Monday.

(CNN & USA Today contributed to this report.)

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