Helmut Kohl


Age: 87

former chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998 whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe who combined a dogged pursuit of European unity with a keen instinct for history, the first for West Germany, then for all of a united Germany during his 16 years at the country's helm, but who spearheaded the end of Germany's decades-long division into East and West by ushering in a new era in European politics and it was the close friendships that he built up with other world leaders that helped him to persuade both anti-Communist Western allies and the leaders of the collapsing Soviet Union that a strong, united Germany could live at peace with its neighbors.

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

Born: April 3, 1930

Died: June 16, 2017

Ludwigshafen, Germany