Photo: Carlos Andres Perez
Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez, 88, died of a heart attack Saturday at a Miami hospital, his daughter said.
Noticias24 in Caracas reported his daughter Mary France Perez said he died at 2:41 p.m., leaving the family in “a deep pain.“The Caracas newspaper El Universal reported the funeral and burial of the former president would take place in Miami.
Perez, a leader of the Democratic Action Party, served as president of Venezuela from 1974 to 1979 and again from 1989 to 1993. Perez’s second term encompassed the 1992 coup involving current president Hugo Chavez.
Venezuela’s highest court forced Perez to step down in 1993, one year before the end of his term, on charges of corruption and illicit enrichment, El Universal reported.
Perez, born in the Andean state of Tachira, suffered a cardiovascular attack in 2003 that paralyzed a hand, an arm and his right side, El Universal reported.