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Former IOC chief Samaranch dies at 89

2010-04-21 12:20:49 GMT2010-04-21 20:20:49 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Former IOC chief Juan Antonio Samaranch speaks during the Madrid 2016 bid presentation at the 121st International Olympic Committee session at the Bella Center in Copenhagen October 2, 2009. (REUTERS/Charles Dharapak/Pool)

BARCELONA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch died in a hospital here on Wednesday at the age of 89.

Samaranch was hospitalized on Tuesday in "very critical condition" after suffering a heart attack.

He had been in intensive care in the Hospital Quiron in Barcelona.

Samaranch, who was born in Barcelona in 1920, held the presidency of the IOC for 21 years until electing not to stand again in 2001, when he was replaced by Jacques Rogge.

The Spaniard, who was made honorary life president of the IOC on his retirement, has suffered from health problems since stepping down.

In September 2001 he spent 11 days in hospital with fatigue, while towards the end of last year he was admitted to intensive care in Monaco with difficulty breathing.

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