LONDON – John Spencer-Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough and a cousin and godson of British wartime leader Winston Churchill, has died. He was 88.
Blenheim Palace said Spencer-Churchill died Thursday morning.
His son Jamie is expected to inherit his father's title and become the 12th Duke of Marlborough.
Prime Minister David Cameron said Spencer-Churchill will be deeply missed and praised his community involvement.
Spencer-Churchill had been married four times. He is survived by his wife and four children.