Jean-Claude Duvalier died from a heart attack
In 1986, a huge uprising in the country was sparked against the tyrannical rule and lavish lifestyle of the "president for life".Consequently, his cadres and backers in Washington suddenly withdrew their support for him. Duvalier quickly whisked from Haiti aboard a U.S. Air Force cargo plane accompanying his wife, son and daughter and hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen money for a 25-year exile in France. During his exile, he used to make occasional public statements and eagerness to return Haiti. In 2007, Duvalier called on Haitians from his exile to forgive him for "mistakes" and on October 16, 2011, he made a surprise return to Haiti allowing his opponents and victims to pursue legal claims against him in Haitian courts.
The Haitian President Michel Martelly expressed his condolences and sincere sympathies on behalf of the entire government and people of Haiti to the former deceased dictator's family, his relatives and his supporters across the country without mentioning any of his misconducts.
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