Lady Lucan, the 80-year-old widow of Lord Lucan — who vanished in 1974 after allegedly killing the family nanny — has been found dead at her home in London.
Police said they found her body on Tuesday during a welfare check at a property on Eaton Row. Her death is not believed to be suspicious, according to the Met Police.
Lady Lucan was one of the last people to see her husband John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, alive.
Lucan disappeared after Sandra Rivett, who was nanny to his three children, was found murdered in the family home at 46 Lower Belgrave Street. Lady Lucan was also attacked but managed to escape. It’s believed that Lord Lucan mistakenly murdered Rivett, believing her to be his real target — his wife.
She was born Veronica Duncan in 1937, and worked as a secretary and model in London before meeting Lord Lucan at a golf event in 1963. The couple tied the knot in November of that same year.
Over the years, various theories tackling the mystery of what happened to Lord Lucan have made international headlines.
Alleged sightings of the wealthy peer have popped up in locations as far flung as Australia, Ireland, South Africa, and New Zealand.
After he disappeared, his vehicle was found abandoned and soaked in blood in Newhaven, East Sussex. An inquest jury later declared that Lucan had killed Rivett.
Lady Lucan has publicly stated that her husband was abusive and had a violent temper. In a TV interview, she said she believed Lord Lucan had made the “brave” decision to take his own life.
Lord Lucan was officially declared dead by the High Court in 1999. A High Court judge granted a death certificate in February 2016, which allowed his son Lord Bingham to take his title.
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Main photo: Lady Lucan [Thames News / YouTube (screenshot)]