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British ex-culture minister Tessa Jowell dies at 70

AP  |  London 

Tessa Jowell, the former UK secretary who played a key role in securing the 2012 London Olympics, has died.

She was 70.

Her family said in a statement released today that died peacefully at the family home in Warwickshire.

Jowell, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year, used her position in the to campaign for better access to experimental treatment and delivered a memorable speech that moved her fellow peers to tears.

The family says that "in addition to and radiotherapy, in recent months doctors tried innovative new treatments which Tessa gladly embraced, but sadly the tumor recently progressed very quickly."

Among those offering condolences were former who praised Jowell's "passion, determination and simple human decency.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 14:05 IST