Pauline Lumumba


Age: 78

Summary: widow of Congo's first prime minister Patrice Lumumba whose husband's assassination more than 50 years ago made him a liberation symbol worldwide (Patrice Lumumba was elected prime minister when Belgium granted Congo independence in 1960 after almost a century of colonial rule), but her late husband's killing is generally seen as a Western plot to take power from a Socialist-minded African leader until Belgium years ago accepted "moral responsibility" for Lumumba's 1961 assassination.

Cause of Death: In her sleep

Born: January 1, 1936

Died: December 23, 2014

Kinshasa, Congo