Famous Model Dies at Age 75 After Long Battle With Lung Disease

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December 05, 2017Dec 05, 2017

Christine Keeler, the former model, died on December 4 at Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough, according to Express-News. Her son, Seymour Platt, confirmed his mother's death with The Guardian. His mother was 75.

Keeler has been battling a lung disease in recent months. She had been ill for a total of eleven months and was suffering from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

She became famous for her part in a widely publicized political scandal. Indeed, the scandal hit headlines after seven shots were fired at Ward's house in a quiet Marylebone mews by Keeler's boyfriend in December 1962. 

Then, in 1963, it was revealed Keeler had an affair with Tory cabinet minister John Profumo two years earlier. The surrounding scandal was further escalated by reports that Keeler was also having an affair with a Russian diplomat at the same time. Of course, given the timing of this news — in the midst of a heightening Cold War — this was very troubling news to be spread. 

As The Sun puts it, "When the love triangle came to light two years later, fears of a Cold War security leak sparked a lurid scandal that rocked the government and had the public transfixed for months."

For a brief period of time, it made her one of the most famous women in the world. 

According to The Guardian, Profumo, the Russian diplomat, was eventually forced to resign as a result of the scandal. 

"In June 1963, he quit in disgrace, amid allegations Keeler had been asked by Ivanov to discover from the War Minister when the West Germans might receive U.S. nuclear missiles to be stationed on their soil," writes the Daily Mail

Keeler is survived by two sons and a granddaughter. Despite having so much of her life be defined by these scandals, her family remembers her as a wonderful person and a devoted, loving mother. 

“She was a good, decent person, and she got a very unfair label that was hard for her to live with,” remarked her son.

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