Mohamed Abdelaziz


Age: 68

co-founder and leader of the Polisario Front independence movement in the Western Sahara for 40 years whose group is based in Tindouf in southern Algeria at a time of growing tensions over the fate of the Western Sahara and has fought for 40 years for independence for the mineral-rich territory on Africa's Atlantic coast, which was annexed by Morocco after Spain withdrew in 1975, but Morocco now considers the territory its "southern provinces" and has pumped funds into the area's development over the years.

Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Born: August 17, 1947

Died: May 31, 2016

Tindouf, Algeria