Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister dies


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Just days after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone marrow cancer, former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning passed away at the age of 69.

He died in hospital this morning around 8:15.
The news was delivered by Manning’s family on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The post indicated that Manning had died peacefully with his family and loved ones by his side.

On Monday evening, Manning was admitted to the San Fernando General Hospital. But it was only early yesterday morning that Manning’s wife, Hazel Manning, disclosed that he had been diagnosed on Thursday evening with Acute Myeloid Leukemia – a cancer of the blood and bone marrow which usually gets worse quickly if it is not treated.

She had indicated that he was being prepared to undergo treatment, and a report in the Newsday newspaper yesterday indicated that Manning had started chemotherapy.

Tributes have been pouring in from several people in the twin-island republic as well as from across the region and beyond.

The former prime minister had a tumor removed from his left kidney in December 2008, while he was prime minister.

In May 2010, he resigned as political leader of the then opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) following the party’s election loss, although he continued to represent the San Fernando East constituency.

In 2012, Manning suffered a stroke. Three years later, ahead of the September 7, 2015 general elections, he resigned from active politics.

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