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Winston S. Churchill, grandson of WWII British leader, dies

LONDON - Winston Spencer Churchill, a former member of Parliament and grandson of Britain's wartime leader, died Tuesday, an associate said. He was 69.

Churchill was suffering from cancer and died at his London home, said Cmdr. John Muxworthy of the United Kingdom National Defense Association.

Churchill was a member of the House of Commons from 1970 to 1997. Earlier he had been a foreign correspondent for The Times of London and other papers.

Churchill was born in October 1940 at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence, shortly after Royal Air Force pilots prevailed in the Battle of Britain.

He was the son of Randolph Churchill and Pamela Digby. He recalled staying at Chartwell, his grandfather's home southeast of London, and finding the old man "wreathed in cigar smoke with a whiskey and soda already on his table" in the morning. The drink, he added, was very weak.

He was elected as a Conservative to represent Stretford in Lancashire in 1970, serving that district until 1983. He drew criticism in 1995 after selling his grandfather's personal papers to the nation for 12.5 million pounds ($20 million).

"Although the trustees could have got significantly more on the world market, it was their and my specific wish that the papers should not be offered in the open market but should remain in this country," Churchill said at the time.- AP

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