A Day That Shook The World: Death of Mother Teresa

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On 5 September 1997, Mother Teresa died of a heart attack in Calcutta at the age of 87.

Her charitable work in India first came to light in a series of BBC documentaries in the '60s. As a result she became internationally famous, a global figure of piety and sacrifice for her work running orphanages and homes for the poor.

Her death in 1997 was major world news; by the time she died, her organisation the Missionaries of Charity was a huge concern, while her funeral in Calcutta was attended by world leaders by the dozen.

Watch original British Pathe footage from Mother Teresa's work, and of her funeral, above.