Boris Johnson’s mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, has died at the age of 79.
There was a notice in the Times newspaper that she had died “suddenly and peacefully” at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.
Several politicians have expressed condolences to the Prime Minister and his family.
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Charlotte Johnson Wahl was a well-respected painter whose portraits included stars like Joanna Lumley.
In 1963 she married Stanley Johnson and became one of the first married students to graduate from her college at Oxford University.
The couple had four children together – Boris, Rachel, a journalist, Jo, a former MP, and Leo, an environmental activist. They divorced 16 years later, in 1979.
A few years later she met and married her husband, the American professor Nicholas Wahl, and moved to New York in 1988 to be with him.
Then she started painting urban spaces, which proved so successful that she sold out an exhibition.
Charlotte returned to Great Britain after Wahl’s death in 1996 and lived in London.
She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease when she was 40, but she was determined to keep painting, using a walking frame as an aid.
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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer sent his condolences to the Prime Minister on hearing the news.
On Twitter, he wrote: “I am very sorry to hear about the loss of the Prime Minister. My condolences to him and his family.”
The Prime Minister’s colleague and friend, Conservative MP Conor Burns, also tweeted: “It’s so sad to hear of Boris Johnson’s mother’s death. Thoughts and prayers are with him and the entire Johnson clan. “
Conservative Party Co-Chair Amanda Milling added, “I am thinking of Boris Johnson and his family tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. “
Conservative MP Angela Richardson wrote on Twitter: “Sad news for the Prime Minister tonight and for the rest of the Johnson family. Thoughts with all of them. “
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