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Christine Keeler dies at 75

Saturday, December 09, 2017

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Christine Keeler, the British party girl whose dalliance with Jamaican musician Aloysius “Lucky” Gordon, led to the infamous Profumo Affair that toppled the British Government in 1963, died on December 5 at age 75.

Her death, at a London hospital, was confirmed by her son. Gordon died in March at age 85 at a nursing home, also in London.

Gordon, a Kingston-born jazz singer and gangster, was one of four men romantically linked with the teenaged Keeler. She was also having affairs with John Profumo, the British minister of war; Yevgeni Ivanov, an attaché at the Russian Embassy in London, and Johnny Edgecome, an Antiguan hustler.

In 1964, all-star band The Skatalites recorded the song Christine Keeler (a take on the Dave Bailey Quintet's Comin' Home Baby) after she, Gordon and Edgecombe received prison sentences on charges ranging from illegal possession of a firearm to assault and perjury.

Two years earlier, the British intelligence unit, MI5, commenced investigations into the knotty affair which resulted in Prime Minister Harold Macmillan resigning in October 1963. The following year, his party, the Conservatives, lost the national election.

A disgraced Profumo, who resigned his Cabinet post, died in 2006. Edgecombe died in 2010.

After his release from prison, Gordon worked as a cook in London for Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. He prepared meals for some of the label's artistes including Bob Marley.

— Howard Campbell

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