Former Czech president Václav Havel dies aged 75

18-12-2011

Former Czech president Václav Havel died on Sunday morning at the age of 75, an assistant to Mr Havel told the news agency ČTK. The former dissident, playwright and politician passed away in his sleep at his beloved country house Hrádeček, in northern Bohemia, tended to by his wife Dagmar.

Václav Havel, photo: ČTKVáclav Havel, photo: ČTK

Mr Havel’s health deteriorated in recent months; the former head of state suffered from lung and heart problems, and he had to limit his public appearances. The last time Václav Havel appeared in public was last week when he received the Dalai Lama during his Prague visit.