How did Christopher Meyer die? What happened to Christopher Meyer?

Former UK ambassador to the US and Downing Street press secretary Sir Christopher Meyer has passed away at the age of 78. Sir Christopher was praised as a “dedicated public servant” by Boris Johnson, the British prime minister.

The Daily Mail said Christopher passed away after having a stroke while on vacation with his wife Catherine in the French Alps. Dominic Raab, the deputy prime minister, praised Sir Christopher as a “formidable diplomat” who worked to improve ties between the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dame Karen Pierce, the current ambassador, praised him, stating, “He was a terrific diplomat and a tremendous character.” 

Who was Christopher Meyer?

A member of the Foreign Office since 1966, Sir Christopher’s early assignments took him to Moscow, Madrid, and Brussels.  He began working as John Major’s press secretary in 1993.

Upon completion of his three-year stint at home, Sir Christopher returned to his diplomatic posts, first as ambassador to Germany and then to Washington. His six years as Tony Blair’s ambassador to the United States spanned the conclusion of the Clinton government and the 9/11 attacks.  Sir Christopher Meyer had a fruitful career as a diplomat. His assignment to the White House by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair was the high point of his career.

This period of American history included the impeachment of President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Bush’s tight victory over Gore, the September 11 attacks and subsequent invasion of Afghanistan, and the buildup to the Iraq War.

Sir Christopher was crucial in the initial response to 9/11, travelling to New York to comfort British officials and grieving families. He later collaborated with Mr. Blair and the Bush administration on a plan to combat worldwide terrorism.

Sir Christopher was witty and outgoing with a penchant for red (or green) socks.  During his final days, he was actively involved in politics, tweeting under the name @SirSocks on topics like the Conservative leadership race.

Just two days ago he stated that he’d found the recent debates “very valuable in exposing the candidates’ personalities and policies”. Known for his numerous television appearances as a commentator on current events, he rose to prominence after serving as chairman of the Press Complaints Commission from 2003 to 2009.

More than 32,000 people followed his account on Twitter, where he was known by the handle @sirsocks, a reference to his habit of donning brightly coloured socks when in public. John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Labour, referred to him as a “red-socked fop” because of this.

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