David Dacko

 

 

Age: 73

 

Summary: president of the Central African Republic (a former French colony rich in diamonds and government corruption) who took over the nation after independence leader Barthelemy Boganda was killed in a plane crash in 1959, who was overthrown by ruthless dictator Jean-Bedel Bokassa in 1966 but who was reinstated in 1979 after French troops overthrew Bokassa.

 

 

Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

 

Born: March 24, 1930

 

Died: November 20, 2003

 

Location: Bangui, Central African Republic