Globetrotting Duchess Dead at 80
BRISTOL, England (AP) _ Sally Grosvenor, the Duchess of Westminster and the globetrotting aunt of Britain’s wealthiest man, died today after suffering a stroke, a hospital spokesman said. She was 80.
The duchess was taken to Frenchay Hospital after collapsing Tuesday at Hill House, her 17th-century home in western England, said a hospital spokesman who was not identified in keeping with British custom.
He said the duchess died at 2:30 a.m.
″She did not recover from a stroke and I don’t think she even regained consciousness.″
Wife of the fourth Duke of Westminster, who died in 1967, the duchess was the aunt of Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the present duke and director of Grosvenor Estate Holdings, which owns substantial property in the posh Mayfair district of central London.
Grosvenor sits on the board of directors for Claridges Hotel Co., the Cutty Sark Society, Sun Alliance and the London Insurance Co., among others.
Two years ago, the duchess returned from her third trip up the Amazon River. She spent five months in South America hunting crocodiles and made numerous, lengthy treks.
In 1986, she was slightly injured after her car crashed into a field and caught fire. She was pulled from the car by two farm workers.
Three years ago, she was rescued from the Ba River in Fiji after her rubber raft struck a rock, hurling the elderly duchess into the water.
The duchess had no children.