Ex-Chilean dictator Pinochet dies

Published December 11, 2006

SANTIAGO, Dec 10: Gen Augusto Pinochet died on Sunday from heart complications, the Santiago Military hospital reported. He was 91.

Pinochet, the fierce anti-communist dictator, ruled Chile with an iron fist from 1973 to 1990.

The brief announcement by the hospital said Pinochet’s condition worsened suddenly and doctors rushed him back to the Intense Care Unit, from which he had been removed only on Thursday while recovering from an acute heart attack he suffered one week ago.

Relatives and friends of Pinochet were arriving at the hospital.

Pinochet had been admitted a week earlier to the hospital with what doctors described as an acute had attack. He underwent an angioplasty procedure in which doctors enlarge the clogged artery to allow restoration of the blood flow to the heart, Pinochet died at 1715 GMT, the hospital said.—AP

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