Saturday 26 May 2018

Christine Keeler, ex-showgirl at centre of Profumo scandal, dies aged 75

File photo dated 28/10/63 of Christine Keeler who has died at the age of 75. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 5, 2017. See PA story DEATH Keeler. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 28/10/63 of Christine Keeler who has died at the age of 75. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 5, 2017. See PA story DEATH Keeler. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire

Christine Keeler, the former showgirl at the heart of the Profumo scandal of the 1960s, has died aged 75.

Her son, Seymour Platt, told the Guardian she died on Monday at the Princess Royal University Hospital, near Farnborough.

"My mother passed away last night at about 11.30pm," he told the paper.

A hospital spokesman confirmed Ms Keeler had died, having been a patient at the Princess Royal.

File photo dated 31/07/63 of Christine Keeler leaving her flat in London, as she has died at the age of 75. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 5, 2017. See PA story DEATH Keeler. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 31/07/63 of Christine Keeler leaving her flat in London, as she has died at the age of 75. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 5, 2017. See PA story DEATH Keeler. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire

Mr Platt paid tribute to his mother in a Facebook post on Tuesday evening.

He wrote: "My mother, the grandmother to my beautiful little girl, passed away late last night.

"She suffered in the last few years with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease but lost the fight.

"As many of you know my mother, Christine Keeler, fought many fights in her eventful life, some fights she lost but some she won.

"She earned her place in British history but at a huge personal price.

"We are all very proud of who she was."

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