- Chilean ex-president Sebastián Piñera, who served two terms and was also a billionaire businessman, has died in a helicopter crash at the age of 74
- Three other people aboard the aircraft survived after it went down in a lake near the southern town of Lago Ranco
- Piñera’s body was recovered from the scene of the crash in a lake near the southern town of Lago Ranco
The helicopter conveying the former world leader crashed in the Los Ríos region of southern Chile, his office said in a statement on Tuesday, 6 February.
"Today, we lost a great President of Chile, leader and strategist. Personally, the president Sebastian Pinera was a reference, guide and advisor. Today, I pay my most sincere tribute and condolences to his family, whom I so respect."
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The late Pinera was Chile’s president from 2010 to 2014 and 2018 to 2022.
Chileans pay their respects
Netizens paid their respect to the former president:
"Thank you for everything you did for our country. Chile is undoubtedly indebted to him. We were unfair to him."
"A great sorrow, a great loss, a very terrible situation... My most sincere condolences to Mrs Cecilia Morel and her family."
"It is very unfortunate. Although it was not his best year, Piñera was a great President."
"A great man, he did so much for Chile. Thank you for his legacy, with a broken heart."
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The head of state had been suffering from health issues for quite some time and had bouts of illnesses and treatment overseas. South Africans passed on their condolences and mourned the former president with the rest of Namibia.