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Christine Keeler, model at centre of Profumo Affair, dies aged 75

Christine Keeler pictured in Cannes, France in May 1963 (Picture: Getty)
Former model Christine Keel..

By admin , in UK , at December 5, 2017

Christine Keeler, model at centre of Profumo Affair, dies aged 75
Christine Keeler pictured in Cannes, France in May 1963 (Picture: Getty)

Former model Christine Keeler, whose brief affair helped bring down the government, has died aged 75.

She had been unwell for some time with the lung disease COPD, and died on Monday night at the Princess Royal university hospital in Farnborough.

Keeler was at the heart of the Profumo Affair, a political scandal in 1963, after having a sexual affair with cabinet minister for war John Profumo when she was a 19-year-old aspiring model.

Profumo denied the affair in the House of Commons, but weeks later was forced to admit it and step down as an MP.

Christine Keeler, model at centre of Profumo Affair, dies aged 75
She was a model and showgirl in the 1960s (Picture: Getty)

Prime Minister Harold Macmillan resigned six months later after the fallout from dented his ability to govern.

Keeler and Profumo’s brief affair, which lasted a few weeks, was so controversial because she become involved with a Russian commander at the same time.

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She was linked to Commander Eugene Ivanov, a Soviet naval attaché at the Russian Embassy in London – sparking concerns over national security.

In later years, Keeler married twice and had two sons and granddaughter.

Her son Seymour Pratt, who now lives in Ireland, told the Guardian: ‘There was a lot of good around Chris’s rather tragic life, because there was a family around her that loved her.’ he said.

‘I think what happened to her back in the day was quite damaging.’

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