Nestor Kirchner; Former Argentine President Dies

Argentina is said to be in a state of shock following the death of former President, Nestor Kirchner.  Doctors believe that the former President died of a sudden heart attack.

Mr Kirchner, 60, who had been operated on in September for heart problems served as president from 2003 to 2007 and faced some criticism within Argentina for appearing to get around presidential term limits by stepping aside for each other.

His wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, is the current president of the country.

It has been rumored that Mr Kirchner was to stand for election again in 2011.

Mr Kirchner died with his wife by his side after being admitted to hospital in El Calafate and no official statement was issued from the Argentine presidency, but an official medical bulletin is expected later.

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