The former military leader of Panama, General Manuel Antonio Noriega, died at the age of 83 according to an official announcement.
This occurred after a recent operation on his brain that was meant to relieve a hemorrhage.
Noriega was forcibly removed from power in 1989, even though he has always been a key United States ally. His removal happened when American troops invaded. He was flushed out by troops who played deafening pop and heavy metal music non stop.
In his lifetime, he was jailed in the United States on charges related to drugs and laundering.
From there, he spent the majority of his life in custody. He was jailed in Panama for the crimes of murder, corruption and embezzlement.
He was released from prison in January in preparation for his operation in early March, which would have removed his brain tumor.
He underwent further surgery after cerebral bleeding but died late on Monday local time in Panama City’s Santo Tomas hospital, Secretary of State for Communication Manuel Dominguez announced. President Juan Carlos Varela tweeted: “The death of Manuel A Noriega closes a chapter in our history; his daughters and relatives deserve a funeral in peace.” A strong supporter of the United States, he became a key ally in Washington’s attempts to battle the influence of communism in central America. But the US tired of his increasingly repressive role internally in Panama, and there were indications he was selling his services to other intelligence bodies, not to mention drug-trafficking organisations.