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Argentine ex-President Nestor Kirchner dies

SANTIAGO .- Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner died Wednesday at the age of 60, according to Argentina government sources led by his wife, Cristina Fernandez.

At 8:00 this morning, the former head of state was taken to the hospital José Formenti, El Calafate, after feeling indisposed. At all times, he was accompanied by the Lady “K”.

At first, his hospitalization was the subject of rumors, but at 10:00 his death was reported due to a “cardiac arrest and sudden death” and that prevented its revival, sources said at the medical center to newspaper “Clarín”.

Back in February this year, Kirchner had undergone emergency surgery in the Los Arcos clinic in Palermo due to circulatory issues. Seven months later, in September and was admitted for an angioplasty, to repair a blocked coronary artery.

Kirchner, part of the Justice Party, led the Casa Rosada between May 2003 and December 2007, leaving power to his wife, Cristina Fernandez.

Before being elected president in 2003, Kirchner was mayor of Rio Gallegos, capital of Santa Cruz (1987-1991) and governor of the province (1991-2003).

In 2009 he was elected national deputy for Buenos Aires, a position that he would have held until 2013. And on May 4 he had been appointed secretary general of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). He was to be a candidate once again to replace his wife in 2011.