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

1963 Christine Keeler a principal witnesses in the vice charges case against osteopath Dr. Stephen Ward. The model at centre of Profumo Affair a scandal that rocked the political establishment and forced cabine

The model who was at the centre of one of the biggest sex scandals to ever shake the British establishment has died aged 75.

Seymour Platt told the Guardian that she died at the Princess Royal University hospital in Farnborough on Monday (4 December) just before midnight.

A healing facility representative affirmed Ms Keeler had passed on at the Princess Royal.

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

"My mother, the grandmother to my attractive..."

She had been suffering from the lung disease COPD.

"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 claimed in a later memoir she was sexually abused by her stepfather, who she said beat her mother and drowned her puppies.

Keeler was alleged to be sleeping with British Secretary of State for War John Profumo while conducting an affair with a Russian defence attache during the height of the Cold War, rocking Harold Macmillan's Conservative administration in 1963.

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Ms Keeler later asserted she took part in an extramarital entanglements with Eugene Ivanov, an associate maritime attaché at the Soviet Embassy, in the meantime.

When her affair with Profumo came to light he was forced to resign from the Cabinet and the Commons after admitting to lying to the House about his relationship with Keeler.

Keeler, who had been living under the name of Sloane for many years, was briefly married twice, both ending in divorce.

She is survived by her son James from her first marriage, Seymour from her second and a granddaughter.

Profumo initially denied the affair in the House of Commons saying there was no "impropriety" in their relationship.

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

His fall from grace was deemed a contributory factor in the fall of the Macmillan government, with Labour winning under Harold Wilson in 1964.

For the rest of his life, Profumo stayed silent about the matter - even when 1989 film Scandal starring Ian McKellen was released, renewing public interest in the affair.

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