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Wife of killer peer Lord Lucan dies at age of 80

By Ellie Cullen

The death of Lady Lucan, whose husband famously vanished more than four decades ago, is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

Police forced entry to the 80-year-old’s home in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon after she was reported missing.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police attended an address on Eaton Row in Westminster... following concerns for the welfare of an elderly occupant. Officers forced entry and found an 80-year-old woman unresponsive. Police and London Ambulance Service attended.

“Although we await formal identification we are confident that the deceased is Lady Lucan.”

Her son George Bingham, the 8th Earl Lucan, told the Daily Mail: “She passed away yesterday at home, alone and apparently peacefully.

“Police were alerted by a companion to a three-day absence and made entry today.”

Lady Lucan was one of the last people to see her husband John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, alive before he disappeared.

He vanished after the murdered body of Sandra Rivett, who was nanny to his three children, was found at the family home at 46 Lower Belgrave Street, central London, on November 7, 1974.

Even though he was declared dead by the High Court in 1999, Lord Lucan has reportedly been sighted in Ireland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

The same night as his disappearance, the attacker also turned on Lady Lucan, beating her severely before she managed to escape and raise the alarm.

Lucan’s car was later found abandoned and soaked in blood in Newhaven, East Sussex, and an inquest jury declared the peer the killer a year later.

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