Her spokesman, Lord Bell confirmed the news this afternoon.
‘It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.’ he said. ‘A further statement will be made later.’
Margaret, Britain’s only female PM, had been suffering from ill health since having a series of minor strokes over a decade ago, shortly before her beloved husband Denis died.
She spent eleven years at Downing Street before she was made a life peer in1992, as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.
Tributes have already poured in from politicians and celebrities alike.
Lord Alan Sugar tweeted: ‘A great lady she changed the face of British politics, created opportunity for anyone to succeed in the UK.RIP’
Loose Women’s Carol McGiffin said on TV this lunchtime: ‘I know a lot of people won’t agree with this but I thought she was a great Prime Minister and left the country in a much better state than when she picked it up. That can’t be said for any of the recent Prime Ministers.’
Baroness Thatcher leaves behind two children, Mark and Carol.