Vaclav Havel Dies

Activist and former Czech president Vaclav Havel died in his home near Prague Sunday at the age of 75, Reuters reported.

“Today Vaclav Havel has left us,” said Sabina Tancevova, the former Czech president’s secretary, in a brief statement.

Mr Havel’s wife Dagmara was present when he died in his sleep at his weekend home in the north of the country.

Václav Havel, playwright, philosopher and president of the Czech Republic, who has died aged 75, played not just a central role in the 1989 overthrow of communism but in his country’s national life for years afterwards. He remained what he had always been: a dissident.