Margot Honecker


Age: 89

former first lady of East Germany from 1976 to 1989 and widow of the country's second leader Eich Honecker (d. 1994) whose late husband supervised the building of the Berlin Wall who defended the now-vanished Communist country to the end after she had been education minister and dictated what chilren in rigidly orthodox East Germany learned for 26 years (she said youngsters must defend socialism "...if necessary, with a weapon in the hand."), but who remained unrepentant about the country's record of repression.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: April 17, 1927

Died: May 6, 2016

Santiago, Chile