Late Tory MP’s Cecil Parkinson’s daughter who recently revealed she had been clean of drugs for 26 years found dead in ‘suspected suicide’ at her home

THE eldest daughter of Tory grandee Lord Cecil Parkinson has been found dead at her home.

Mary Parkinson, 57, battled drug addiction for many years and was once arrested for prostitution.

Friends say Mary is believed to have taken her own life and had suffered depression since her dad died last year, aged 83.

Her life spiralled out of control after the 1980s scandal over her MP dad fathering a love child with secretary Sara Keays.

Yoga teacher Mary was found at her home in Wandsworth, South London, on Sunday. Cops said her death was not suspicious.

Neighbour Keith Edwards, 69, revealed she attempted suicide in September, saying: “I’ve seen her out but she really became a recluse.”

Mary was fined for drug possession in 1987 and was admitted to 22 different clinics in an 11-year battle against addiction.

She was also arrested for prostitution and drink-driving in a string of high-profile brushes with the law.

Mary posted a blog earlier this year revealing she had been clean of drugs for 26 years.

She had also spoken publicly about having battled anorexia since her teenage years.

Neighbour Keith Edwards said she had been admitted to hospital twice in the past year and had recently attempted suicide as she struggled to overcome the loss of her father.

He said: “‘Her neighbours managed to save her last time after breaking in through her garden. She went into Queen Mary’s Hospital to receive psychiatric care just after Christmas last year.

“She was in hospital again in September. It followed the death of Cecil, and I think that’s what triggered it all.”


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