CARACAS (Reuters) - Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez died on Saturday aged 88 at a hospital in Miami, a Venezuelan website reported.
Perez served as the South American country’s leader between 1974 and 1979 and again between 1989 and 1993. Independent Venezuelan broadcaster Globovision said on its website he died at Miami’s Mercy Hospital of a heart attack.
His first term in power was marked by an inflow of petro-dollars that saw his country nicknamed “Saudi Venezuela” by some, while his second stint was marred by corruption scandals and saw him leave office accused of fraud.
Reporting by Diego Ore; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Eric Beech