LONDON | Jeremy Heywood, who ran Britain’s civil service, dies at 56

LONDON | Jeremy Heywood, who ran Britain’s civil service, dies at 56

LONDON — The British government says Jeremy Heywood, who ran the country’s civil service until illness forced him to step down, has died of cancer. He was 56.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Heywood, who died early Sunday, “worked tirelessly to serve our country.” She called his death “a huge loss to British public life.”

As Cabinet secretary, Heywood oversaw Britain’s government bureaucracy. That made him a powerful figure, though little known outside the Whitehall government district.

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