Juan Antonio Samaranch passes away at 89

08:10, April 22, 2010      

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Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch

Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch died Wednesday at the age of 89 in a Barcelona hospital, after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest.

Samaranch, who was head of the Olympic movement from 1980 to 2001, passed away at 1:25 pm local time at the Quiron Hospital where he was admitted after experiencing heart trouble, the hospital said in a statement.

Samaranch's sudden death has brought more sorrow to China, a country where he is so well respected.
He was a dedicated Olympic Movement pioneer, and an affable man who helped bring the Olympic Torch to China, allowing the country to display its characteristics and strength on the world stage. He will always be remembered by the Chinese people.

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