Breaking: Vaclav Havel is dead (update)

Vaclav Havel, the Czech dissident who became post-Communist president has died, aged 75. His great achievement was to lead a revolution without bloodshed, usually with a smile.

Former Czech President, dissident and playwright Vaclav Havel speaks to media during the filming of a movie based on his play ''Leaving'' in Ceska Skalice, July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Petr Josek

He was, of course, a playwright of world renown.
He had suffered respiratory problems for many years and died peacefully in his sleep. His wife, Dagmar, and several nuns were in attendance, his secretary said.
Personal tribute here.

 

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