Pope John Paul II




Age: 84


Summary: leader of the Roman Catholic Church who had helped to topple communism in Europe and left a deeply conservative stamp on the church that he led for almost 27 years, who became the first non-Italian pope in 455 years when Karol, Cardinal Wojtyla of Poland was elected to the post at age 58, who also survived a 1981 assassination attempt and also had the third-longest reign in the history of the Papacy.



Cause of Death: Complications from a heart attack and Parkinson's disease


Born: May 20, 1920


Died: April 2, 2005


Location: Vatican City, Italy