Ex-Arg. dictator Videla died after shower fall


| Zoom

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Preliminary autopsy results say former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla died from fractures and a hemorrhage suffered in a fall in the shower while he was serving a life sentence for human rights violations.

The 87-year-old was found dead Friday in his prison cell, five days after he fell. The preliminary report released Monday says the hemorrhage that he suffered caused a cardiac arrest.

The general led a military junta that ousted elected President Maria Estela Martinez de Peron in March 1976. The government is blamed for the deaths and disappearances of as many as 30,000 dissidents and others during its seven years in power.

Videla was convicted for offenses ranging from the deaths of 31 dissidents to the kidnapping of children born to people seized by the junta.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Moving Sawant
    A fundraiser is born to move Councilmember Kshama Sawant to a Socialist country

  • Uber Upset
    Jason Rantz pokes holes in driver's discrimination claim against Uber
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.