U.K. Celebrities React to Margaret Thatcher's Death

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A member of the Spice Girls calls the former British Prime Minister "our 1st Lady of girl power," while Ricky Gervais comments on a Twitter hashtag causing confusion.

LONDON - British celebrities Monday commented on the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The conservative politician, the first and only woman to lead the U.K. government, to date, was 87 and died of a stroke. 

"Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer's daughter who taught me any thing is possible…," Spice Girls star Geri Halliwell tweeted.

CNN host Piers Morgan also commented on the death of the former leader of his native Britain. "Love her or hate her, few British Prime Ministers in history were so well known, or so admired, here in America. ‪#Thatcher‬," his tweet said.

"To all those spewing bile and vitriol at Margaret Thatcher today - she's dead, what more do you want? Show some respect," he later added as some criticized Thatcher's conservative agenda. "Disagreed with Thatcher over many things...but admired courage/leadership re Falklands, Cold War etc."

"Was in the air when the news came in about Margaret Thatcher," actor and comedian Stephen Fry, known as the narrator of the Harry Potter audiobooks, said. "Such a force in Britain through my university days through to my 30s."

Meanwhile, Ricky Gervais commented on a Twitter hashtag tied to Thatcher's death that appeared to lead some users to incorrectly believe that music star Cher had died.

"Some people are in a frenzy over the hashtag ‪#nowthatchersdead‬," Gervais said. "It's 'Now Thatcher's dead.' Not, 'Now that Cher's dead' JustSayin."

Meanwhile, the BBC aired a news special on Thatcher's death at 4 p.m. London time and was planning an obituary in the 8:30-10 p.m. time slot.

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