The former president of Indonesia, Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, died at age 83 on Wednesday September 11th, AP reported.
Habibie's son, Thareq Kemal Habibie, said that Indonesia's third president had died at Jakarta's Gatot Subroto army hospital, where he had been treated for heart complaints since the beginning of September.
Habibie allowed several democratic reforms as well as an independence referendum for East Timor after his predecessor, Suharto, had an unpopular presidency, which was the shortest in the modern history of Indonesia.
Habibie's failure to prosecute a long-time friend over several allegations of massive corruption resulted in the undermining of his campaign to stay in power as president, causing him to withdraw from the presidential elections in October 1999.
Habibie was born on June 25th, 1936, in the South Sulawesi town of Parepare. The fourth of eight siblings, his father was of native Sulawesi descent and his mother was a Javanese noblewoman from the ancient sultanate of Yogyakarta. His wife, Hasri Ainun Habibie, a medical doctor, died in 2010 at age 72.