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Profumo affair's Christine Keeler has passed away aged 75

Keeler was the model at the heart of one of the UK’s biggest political scandals.

FORMER MODEL CHRISTINE Keeler has passed away aged 75.

She became famous for an affair she had with Tory cabinet minister John Profumo which forced him to resign in 1963.

Keeler’s son Seymour Plait confirmed to The Guardian that his mother died at the Princess Royal university hospital in Farnborough last night.

News - Profumo Affair - Christine Keeler's security meeting with Lord Denning - London Christine Keeler leaving her London flat in Devonshire Street Source: PA Archive/PA Images

Stephen Ward, an osteopath, introduced society girl Keeler to Profumo in 1961, sparking an affair between the pair.

However, Keeler was rumoured to be having an affair with a Soviet diplomat at the same time, raising fears of an intelligence leak as it was the height of the cold war.

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

Profumo Affair - John Profumo at the War Office - London John Profumo leaves the War Office with his wife Valerie Hobson as he prepares to make a statement at the House of Commons about Christine Keeler. Source: PA Archive/PA Images

He later admitted lying to the house and resigned.

A BBC series about the scandal is due to start filming next year.

Read: Mandy Rice-Davies — a key figure in the 1963 Profumo affair — has died, aged 70>

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