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OBIT Report: Malawi President Dies Pete Muller / AP Photo

Report: Malawi President Dies

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika reportedly died from a heart attack Thursday, doctors and cabinet ministers told the BBC, though the official announcement has not yet been made. State media reported that he was flown to a South African hospital, but sources told Reuters that Mutharika was dead when he was rushed to a hospital in Lilongwe. The 78-year-old was a former World Bank official who was blamed for the country’s recent economic collapse, and had been accused of trampling on human rights in recent years.

April 6, 2012 6:42 AM