Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Austria in mourning
Austria's President Thomas Klestil died on July 6, 2004 at the age of 71 following heart failure, Austrian state television and the national news agency said. Klestil is seen the imperial Hofburg palace in this April 9 file photo.
My deepest sympathy goes out to my home country Austria and Thomas Klestil's family on this sad evening. Klestil died shortly before midnight Austrian time after being rushed to the hospital on Monday. He had been in critical condition ever since. To read the full news article click here.
I am very sorry for his family and the fact that he never got to enjoy his retirment. He was due to retire after his 2 terms (he has been in office since 1992) and hand over the presidential duties this Thursday. He has been Austria's president pretty much most of the time while I was growing up which makes all this seem very unreal to me. I have never experienced a death of an Austrian political leader in my lifetime so I am kind of shook up about it. Sorry for rambling on.
May he rest in peace.
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I'm sorry for Austria his family.
Posted by: Kristina | Jul 8, 2004 11:55:46 PM