Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930 - 2002), London, UK, circa 1990. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
Tragic Details About Princess Margaret's Death
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Died in her Sleep
At the age of 71, Princess Margaret passed away quietly in her sleep on February 9, 2002, after being admitted to The King Edward VII Hospital the day before due to a stroke that caused heart issues. Lord Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto, Margaret's children, were present when she passed away.
Previous Strokes
Princess Margaret had previously suffered a stroke in 2000, 2001, and four years before the one that ultimately caused her death. As smoking increases the risk of stroke, Margaret's habit of smoking up to 60 cigarettes per day at one point in her life may have contributed to the health concern.
Poor Health
In the years leading up to her death, Princess Margaret was in poor health, having had pneumonia in 1993 and severe burns on her feet in "a bathroom accident." She was reportedly depressed, but her mental state was overlooked since, in the words of royal biographer Andrew Morton, "mental illness was ignored" in the royal family.
Call for Donations
Princess Margaret was involved with over 80 organizations and championed many causes. Some of her favorites were highlighted after her death, with the family asking mourners wishing to honor the princess with donations to the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), The Guide Association, and the Royal Ballet.
Modern Condolences
Princess Margaret's passing caused great sadness among many, therefore a memorial website was created in her honor, inviting mourners to email their condolences. Those wishing to pay their respects in person were invited to write in the condolence books set up at St. James's Palace.