Néstor Kirchner Dies

Néstor Kirchner, the former president of Argentina who led his country out of a crippling economic crisis before being succeeded by his wife, died unexpectedly early Wednesday, apparently of a heart attack, opening a period of intense political uncertainty in the nation.

After complaining of flu symptoms Tuesday night, Mr. Kirchner, 60, lost consciousness early Wednesday and was rushed to a hospital in El Calafate, a town in the southern Argentine province of Santa Cruz. Doctors there pronounced him dead at 9:15 a.m. local time, according to an official in Mr. Kirchner’s inner circle.

Nestor Kirchner, an Argentine power broker who as president from 2003 to 2007 helped guide his country out of a calamitous economic crisis, died Oct. 27 after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Kirchner, 60, was at his weekend retreat in El Calafate, a resort city in southern Argentina, when he was stricken and rushed to the hospital.

Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, the current president's husband and a leading contender to succeed her in next year's election, died from a heart attack on Wednesday.

Kirchner, 60, was credited by many Argentines with putting South America's No. 2 economy back on its feet after a devastating 2001/02 economic crisis, but critics reviled his combative style and interventionist economic policies.