Former Argentine president Fernando de la Rúa, who won popularity with his image as an honest statesman but later plunged the country into its worst economic crisis, has died at 81, AFP has reported.
The death was confirmed by the Argentine government.
Current President Mauricio Macri expressed his condolences, saying on Twitter: "His democratic trajectory deserves the recognition of all Argentines."
"I share in the pain of his family," said President Mauricio Macri, in announcing his death.
President Macri is currently under pressure amid days of violent protests against his handling of the crisis amid rioting that caused dozens of deaths across Argentina.
Argentina is struggling through a two-year recession coupled with high inflation. That has forced its central bank to take severe measures to stabilise the peso, which lost 50% of its value against the dollar last year.