Islam Karimov


Age: 78

president of Uzbekistan who led the Central Asian country with an iron hand since its independence in 1989 and ran an authoritarian government where media freedom and human rights have been harshly repressed as he cultivated no apparent successor, and whose tenure raises concerns that Uzbekistan could face prolonged infighting among clans over leadership claims as something its Islamic radical movement could exploit.

Cause of Death: After a stroke

Born: January 30, 1938

Died: September 2, 2016

Samarkand, Uzbekistan