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Ex-Argentinian leader Kirchner dies from heart attack

Published 28/10/2010

Former Argentine president Nestor Kirchner died yesterday after suffering a fatal heart attack, state television has said.

The political leader and husband of Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez collapsed in the city of Calafate.

Kirchner was a likely candidate in next year's presidential elections as well as being the head of a union of South American nations, a congressman and leader of the Peronist party.

The 60-year-old died after he was rushed to the Formenti de Calafate hospital while having a severe heart attack.

“It was a sudden death,” his personal doctor, Luis Buonomo, told reporters.

Kirchner had undergone an angioplasty to widen a heart artery after a heart attack in September.

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