Christine Keeler, the former model at the heart of the Profumo affair

The former model at the heart of the Profumo affair Christine Keeler has died aged 75 after a long illness.

She was thrust into the spotlight after enjoying a secret romance with Cabinet minister John Profumo in 1961 at the height of the Cold War.

Scandal engulfed the Establishment after later it emerged that the then 19-year-old Keeler had also been sleeping with Eugene Ivanov, a Soviet naval attaché at the Russian Embassy in London.

It nearly toppled the Conservative government, resulting in the resignation of Profumo as well as a series of criminal trials.

Ms Keeler, who had been battling an obstructive lung disease for several months, died on Monday night at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough Common, Orpington, Kent.

Her son Seymour Pratt, who now lives in Ireland with his family, said the Profumo affair had had a long-lasting effect on his mother’s life.

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