Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles revealed that Rene Preval—one of Haiti’s former presidents—has died. He was 74. According to various news reports, he suffered from a heart attack. He also had prostate cancer and had been treated for it in the early 2000s in Cuba.
Mr. Preval married three times, and was a graduate of the University of Pisa. He was president from 1996 to 2001, according to Reuters. His served his second term in the 2000s, and he was the head of state in power when Haiti was hit by an earthquake in the early 2010s.
The former president studied agronomy in Belgium at the prestigious Gembloux Agricultural University. He lived in New York for a time, and later moved to Haiti to opened his own business, a bakery. CBS News is reporting that he is survived by two daughters.