Helmut Schmidt


Age: 96

former chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982 who guided West Germany through economic turbulence and Cold War tensions, stood firm against a wave of homegrown terrorism, and became a respected elder statesman when he was elected chancellor by lawmakers in May 1974 after the resignation of fellow Social Democrat Willy Brandt that triggered when a top aide to Brandt was unmasked as an East German agent.

Cause of Death: Complications from surgery

Born: December 23, 1918

Died: November 10, 2015

Hamburg, Germany