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 sparked a huge government scandal in the 1960s, 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.

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