London (CNN) -- Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in post-war British and world politics, and the first woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87, her spokeswoman said Monday.
Thatcher served from 1979 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the "Iron Lady" for her personal and political toughness.
Thatcher retired from public life after a stroke in 2002 and suffered several strokes after that.
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The well-born FDR was derisively called "a traitor to his class" by the wealthy of his time in the US. Mrs. Thatcher, "the grocer's daughter", was also a traitor to her class; just that it was in the opposite direction.
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Whatever imperfections she may have had, she had the courage to stand up to Soviet Communism in an age when the "smart" people thought appeasement was the right idea, and was far less vile than somebody like Hugo Chavez.
She has been unwell for a long time, why are so surprised?
I've never really followed her personal struggles with health hence I didn't know she was already failing in health. I guess it was just shocking to me that a major political figure has left this world. The same way as how I never expected Ebert's passing as well