Former IOC president Samaranch dies aged 89

BARCELONA (BestGrowthStock) – Juan Antonio Samaranch, the 89-year-old former president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has died, the IOC said Wednesday.

“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was deeply saddened to learn today of the death of Juan Antonio Samaranch,” the IOC said in a statement.

Spaniard Samaranch, who was made the IOC’s honorary life president when he stepped down in 2001, was admitted to hospital in Barcelona Sunday with acute heart problems.

The hospital said Samaranch died at 7:25 a.m. ET Wednesday of cardio-respiratory failure.

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(Writing by Iain Rogers in Madrid, additional reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ken Ferris)

Former IOC president Samaranch dies aged 89