Former Mexico Prez Dead at 77

Miguel de la Madrid led country through economic crises, earthquake of '80s
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 1, 2012 11:09 AM CDT
Former Mexico Prez Dead at 77
In this Oct. 30, 2001 file photo, former Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid. President Felipe Calderon announced on twitter that de la Madrid has died at age 77.   (AP Photo/Tomas van Houtyve, File)

President Felipe Calderon says on his Twitter account that former President Miguel de la Madrid has died at age 77. A spokeswoman for Calderon's office speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the press confirmed today that the message was posted by Calderon. Calderon says he is "profoundly sorry for the death of ex-President De la Madrid."

The cause of death has not been announced, but the former president has been hospitalized for respiratory problems since late last year. De la Madrid led Mexico from 1982 to 1988 as the country experienced economic crises and endured an earthquake that devastated the capital. (More Miguel de la Madrid stories.)

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