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Miguel de la Madrid dies at 77; former president of Mexico
Miguel de la Madrid dies at 77; former president of Mexico

MEXICO CITY —Former Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid, who led the country amid economic meltdown and natural disaster in the 1980s but laid the groundwork for freer markets and political opening, has died. He was 77. De la Madrid died Sunday morning at a Mexico City hospital where he was admitted several weeks ago for lung disease. A smoker, he died of complications from the disease, the semi-official Notimex news agency reported. His death was also reported by President Felipe Calderon and the Foreign Ministry, as condolences poured in from politicians across the political spectrum. De la Madrid had been erroneously declared dead by Mexican officials Dec. 17, but they quickly...

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