Michal Kovac


Age: 86

the first president of Slovakia after it became an independent state whose term in office was marked by clashes with authoritarian prime minister Vladimir Meciar who led Slovakia into international isolation, who was elected president when Slovakia gained independence in 1993 after the split of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia and held the mostly ceremonial position until 1998, and who initially sought another term but withdrew from the race and never again was involved in politics.

Cause of Death: Heart failure

Born: August 5, 1930

Died: October 5, 2016

Bratislava, Slovakia