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Iconic astrologer Mystic Meg has died

Iconic astrologer Mystic Meg has died

The famous astrologer has unfortunately passed away following a short illness

One of Britain's national treasures, Mystic Meg, sadly passed away at 80-years-old earlier this morning (9 March) at around 3:45 am.

The iconic astrologer, whose real name is Margaret Lake, sky-rocketed to fame on the National Lottery and became well-known for hosting Mystic Meg's Wheel of Destiny for Sun Bingo.

Margaret's reps have confirmed that the star died following a short illness.

It was reported that the star was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington in London last month after suffering from flu.

Mystic Meg has died aged 80.
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Dave Shapland, Margaret's agent, said in a statement: "Without any question, she was Britain’s most famous astrologer by a million miles.

"Without any question, she was Britain’s most famous astrologer by a million miles.

"She even became part of the English language – if a politician, somebody from showbiz or ordinary people in the street are asked a tricky question they will say ‘Who do you think I am, Mystic Meg?’"

Shapland added that Margaret's decade-spanning career 'shows what an impact she made'.

"RIP Mystic Meg - she was a legend."
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Meanwhile, fans of the famed astrologist rushed to social media to share their condolences and tributes.

One Twitter user wrote: "Today I overslept, which I never do, and when I did wake up I had a bad feeling - now I hear Mystic Meg is dead. RIP Meg."

"RIP Mystic Meg - she was a legend. Remember watching her on the lottery as a kid!" recalled another.

"Not Mystic Meg," a third added with a broken heart emoji, "Rest in peace, queen!"

Celebrities alike have also expressed their condolences for Margaret's passing, with Piers Morgan - who once worked with the astrologist when he was at News of the World - sharing his thoughts.

He said: "Mystic Meg was Britain’s most famous astrologer and a fascinatingly mysterious lady who loved her work with a passion but was rarely seen or heard in public."

Mystic Meg became a British icon.
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"I was her editor at the News of the World for several years and she was extraordinarily professional in everything she did. A master of her very popular craft," he added.

Margaret became a household name back in 1994 when she first appeared on The National Lottery Live where she was featured a 45-second reading, in which she attempted to predict facts about the future winner.

The British icon went on to appear in the segment up until 2000 and later wrote her own regular astrology column in The Sun - where she wrote daily horoscopes for nearly 23 years.

The news outlet has since paid their own tribute to Margaret, calling her death 'devastating news'.

"We have lost an icon," Sun editor Victoria Newton said, "She was a total legend. We loved her and so did our readers."

Newton added: "For more than two decades Mystic Meg has been a must read column and cemented her as Britain’s most famous astrologer. She was a true professional whose guidance helped our readers daily - our postbag bears testament to this.

"Farewell Meg. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our thoughts are with her family and friends."

Featured Image Credit: Victor Watts / Allstar Picture Library Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Celebrity, News, Astrology