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