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8 September 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 2:14am

David Cameron’s father dies

Prime Minister’s father passes away after suffering a stroke.

By Samira Shackle

David Cameron’s father Ian has sadly passed away after suffering a stroke and heart complications while on holiday in France. The 77-year-old died several hours after the Prime Minister reached his bedside.

In a statement, Downing Street said:

It is with deep regret we can confirm that Ian Cameron died earlier this afternoon.

He passed away shortly after the Prime Minister arrived at the hospital in France where he was undergoing treatment.

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The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, stood in for Cameron at PMQs after the PM flew to France earlier today.

Cameron recently described his father as a “huge hero figure”, saying: “The glass with him was half full, normally with something alcoholic. I think I got my sense of optimism from him.”