Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Former Angolan president who ruled Angola with an iron fist for 38 years, died on Friday, at a hospital in Barcelona after suffering cardiac arrest, at the age of 79.
It was gathered that Dos Santos had been receiving medical treatment in Barcelona since 2019. One of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, he ruled the oil-producing nation of Angola for almost four decades.
Dos Santos was replaced in 2017 by President João Lourenço who had him investigated, following several allegations of multi-billion dollar corruption during his rule.
Dos Santos’s children – including Isabella dos Santos who Forbes named as Africa’s richest woman – have been accused of corruption and self-enrichment at the expense of the Angolan people.
Meanwhile, one of Santos’ daughter demanded an autopsy over fears of foul play in the cause of her father’s death.