Gyula Horn

 

 

Age: 80

 

Summary: former prime minister of Hungary who had played a key role in opening the Iron Curtain and was best known internationally for his announcement as foreign minister in 1989 that Hungary would allow East German refugees to leave the country for West Germany, considered as one of the key events that helped to bring an end to communism in eastern Europe.

 

 

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

 

Born: July 5, 1932

 

Died: June 19, 2013

 

Location: Budapest, Hungary