Monday, December 19, 2011

Vaclav Havel, dissident playwright and former Czech president, dies

The death was announced by his assistant, Sabina Tancevova, the Associated Press reported. Mr. Havel underwent surgery for lung cancer in 1996 and had suffered from lung ailments in recent months. The former dissident playwright, who was 75, died on Sunday morning after a prolonged period of bad health. Accordning to BBc News Mr Havel's coffin is being taken from his country cottage to the capital, Prague. and will lie in state from Wednesday and a state funeral is expected on Friday.The Czech Republic is observing a week of mourning and hundreds of candles have been lit in Wenceslas Square - once the focal point of the "Velvet Revolution" that overthrew the country's communist regime. Read more…


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