Former President Carlos Andres Perez, whose popularity soared with Venezuela’s oil-based economy but who later faced riots, a severe economic downturn and impeachment, has died in Miami, his family said on Saturday.

The 88-year-old Perez’s daughter, Maria Francia Perez, said her father had died in a Miami hospital.

“He got up fine in the morning. He was very eloquent, happy, but all of a sudden he couldn’t breath,” she told The Associated Press. She said he was taken to a Miami hospital, where he died. She told the Venezuelan television channel Globovision he had died of a heart attack.

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