Argentina suffered a major loss today as news about former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner hit the news circuit. The powerful leader has passed away after suffering a heart attack. His wife, current President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, was by his side.
Nestor Kirchner, 60, was rushed to the Formenti de Calafate hospital, but died shortly after. Luis Buonomo, his personal doctor, told El Calafate reports that his death was sudden and the trouble started while he was waiting in line to be counted in the nation’s census. Last September, Nestor Kirchner had a heart attack and had undergone an angioplasty, but was seriously considering running in next year’s election.
Nestor Kirchner was the president from 2003-2007 and was able to pull Argentina out of a major economic crisis. In addition, he also brought about judicial changes that set the stage for human rights trials putting hundreds of dictatorship-era figures in the spotlight who had previously benefited from an amnesty.
Leaders worldwide commented on the loss. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos asked for a minute of silence and said in a statement:
This is a great loss for Argentina and a great loss for our continent.
That it is. May Nestor Kirchner rest in peace.