Former President of Argentina Néstor Kirchner Dies

Former president of Argentina Néstor Kirchner died today at the age of 60 of a heart attack at his summer residence in the small town of El Calafate.

While he was president, Kirchner oversaw Argentina's recovery from the 2001-2001 economic collapse. As a center-left leader, he has wielded considerable political influence over the last century. He was president from 2003-2007 and maintained strong input in his wife and current Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's administration. Néstor Kirchner announced in August that he would consider running for the presidency again in 2011.

"A patriot has died," congressman Juan Carlos Dante Gullo said on the state-run Vision 7 TV network. "Argentina has lost one of its best men."

Kirchner suffered from heart and gastric problems over the last year. He is survived by his wife, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and their children, Máximo and Florencia.