Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM CST

(NBC News) Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday morning following a stroke. She was 87.

Thatcher, the first woman to serve as prime minister, was the longest serving prime minister (1979-1990) in British history.

According to the NBC News report:

“We’ve lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton,” Prime Minister David Cameron said. Queen Elizabeth II planned to send a private message of sympathy to the family, said a statement from Buckingham Palace, where the Union Jack was lowered to half-staff.

President Barack Obama hailed Thatcher as an exemplar of British strength and resolve and a role model for young women. Invoking Thatcher’s friendship with Reagan, Obama said that she reminded the world “that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history — we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.”

Read the NBC News report HERE.