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Austrian President Klestil Dies on Eve of Retiring

Austrian President Thomas Klestil, who helped restore the presidency’s image after a Nazi-era controversy that dogged his predecessor, died late on Tuesday aged 71 on the eve of his departure from office. Doctors had said earlier on Tuesday they could do nothing but hope and pray for Klestil’s survival after his heart twice stopped beating on Monday, triggering multiple organ failure. “I’m sorry to have to inform you that the president, Dr Thomas Klestil, has died on July 6 at 11:33 p.m. (1833 GMT), due to a continuing deterioration of his inner organs,” Dr Christoph Zielinski, the doctor leading the team treating Klestil at Vienna General Hospital, told a news conference. Full Story

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