By Adam Carlson
Updated April 08, 2013 at 02:13 PM EDT
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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is dead of a stroke. She was 87.

Her spokesman Tim Bell said, “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully following a stroke this morning.”

Thatcher was one of her country’s longest-serving prime ministers, in office from 1979–1990, and the only woman to hold the title. She was inextricable from her conservative politics — including the Falklands War with Argentina as well as her anti-tax and anti-labor positions. “I am not a consensus politician,” she said. “I am a conviction politician.”

In cultural memory, she is remembered for her relationship with Ronald Reagan, and for Meryl Streep’s Oscar-winning imitation in The Iron Lady two years ago. In a statement to EW, Streep called Thatcher “a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics.” She continued:

A further statement from Thatcher’s family is expected.

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