Manfred Gerlach

 

 

Age: 83

 

Summary: last president of the former East Germany who led the Liberal Democratic Party before the fall of the Berlin Wall in late 1989 and was the first to challenged the Communists' leading role in the nation and helped to institute changes that paved the way toward reunification with West Germany after East Germany opened its borders.

 

 

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

 

Born: May 8, 1928

 

Died: October 17, 2011

 

Location: Berlin, Germany