By Simdi Gloria:-
Tabare Vazquez, former Uruguay president died Sunday at the age of 80 from lung cancer, according to his family.
In a statement, his sons Alvaro, Javier, and Ignacio Vazquez said, “With deep pain, we communicate the death of our beloved father,”
The statement added that Vazquez died at 3 am local time “due to natural causes of his oncological disease.”
Alvaro Vazquez, who is an oncologist like his father tweeted, “while he was resting at home, accompanied by some family and friends, Tabare died because of his illness.”
“On behalf of the family, we want to thank all Uruguayans for the affection received by him over so many years,” he added.
Tabare Vazquez was the first person to win the mayoralty of Montevideo from the left-wing Broad Front coalition in year 1989 having previously become well known as president of football club Progreso.
In 2005, he secured the presidency after two failed attempts.
He held the office until 2010 and again from 2015 until March this year when he handed the presidential sash to Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party, who had beaten Broad Front candidate Daniel Martinez in an election run-off.
Broad Front tweeted “with deep pain” the death of its “honorary president, Tabare Vazquez.”
“His example of political integrity and unwavering commitment to our country and the people will drive us to continue his legacy,” it said.
Vazquez’s relatives in a statement said that, due to coronavirus-related restrictions, they had decided to “not hold a wake.”
“His children and grandchildren will see him off in a private and intimate ceremony,” they said.
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