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Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier dies

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier died of a heart attack on Saturday, his lawyer said. He was 63. 

Reynold George said the self-proclaimed “president for life” died at his home, the Associated Press reported.

Duvalier assumed power in 1971 after the death of his father, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier. In 1986, the Duvaliers fled Haiti amid accusations of torturing and killing thousands of political opponents during a dictatorship marked by fear and repression.

In 2011, after 25 years spent in self-imposed exile in France, a frail-looking Duvalier made a surprise return to the country, where Haitian police promptly arrested him. He later pled not guilty to charges of corruption and human rights abuse.

Duvalier spent his later years near the Hatian capital of Port-au-Prince. He is survived by his wife, Veronique Roy, and two children.

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