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Britain's colourful former ambassador to the US Christopher Meyer dies in the French Alps aged 78

Britain’s colorful former ambassador to the US Christopher Meyer dies in the French Alps aged 78

  • Baroness Meyer heard her husband drop his iPad and realized he had fallen
  • He was pronounced dead on the spot despite paramedics attending to him
  • A family friend said his death was a “huge shock,” as he tweeted hours earlier
  • Sir Christopher’s funeral will take place in France, where he will also be buried

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Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British ambassador to the US, passed away suddenly yesterday at the age of 78.

The colorful career diplomat suffered heart failure while relaxing with his wife, Catherine, at their second home in Megève, in the French Alps.

The couple were watching movies together when Baroness Meyer heard her husband drop his iPad and realized he had fallen ill.

Latest Tweets : Sir Christopher

Latest Tweets : Sir Christopher

Paramedics fought for about 50 minutes to save Sir Christopher’s life, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. A family friend said today that the death was a “huge shock.”

Just hours before he died, Sir Christopher shared his thoughts on the Tory leadership race while tweeting under the name ‘SirSocks’. He had 32,600 followers and remained involved in current affairs. He was married for over two decades to Baroness Meyer, a former businesswoman and charitable trustee. Sir Christopher had two sons from his first marriage and was also close to his wife’s two children from her previous marriage.

The couple met while trying to track down her sons, who had been kidnapped as children by their German father after their divorce.

Baroness Meyer is supported today by her family in France. Sir Christopher’s funeral will take place in France, where he will be buried.

A long career as a diplomat culminated when he was appointed ambassador to the US in 1997, a position he held for six years. Before that, he was ambassador to Germany and held posts in the former Soviet Union, Spain and the European Union.

He was also press secretary to Prime Minister John Major between 1993 and 1996, press secretary to Secretary of State Lord Howe and speechwriter to three foreign secretaries – James Callaghan, Anthony Crosland and David Owen.

Sir Christopher Meyer with his wife Baroness Catherine Meyer

Sir Christopher Meyer with his wife Baroness Catherine Meyer

Sir Christopher Meyer with his wife Baroness Catherine Meyer

Sir Christopher headed the Press Complaints Commission from 2003 to 2009.

He had a penchant for red socks and was once described by Labor ex-Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott as a “red-socked fop” about his memoir DC Confidential, which contains insights into the lead-up to the Iraq war.

In a 2019 interview with the Daily Mail, Sir Christopher said he was “determined to live a monastic life, devoted to work” – until he met Baroness Meyer.

In 2018, he was beaten up at Victoria tube station in London. He later said he was glad his teenage attacker was spared prison.

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