Nigerian President Yar'Adua Is Dead

Suzanne Murray
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President Umaru Yar'Adua, the 58-year-old pesident of Nigeria, has died, according to the Nigerian Television Authority.

Yar'Adua, who became president in 2007, was ill for some time -- he suffered from heart and kidney conditions -- and hasn't been seen in public for several months.

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan was named acting president in February; reports say he'll be sworn in as president.

Yar'Adua, who came from an important political family in Nigeria, leaves behind his wife, Turai, and their seven children, and his second wife, Hauwa (from whom he was divorced in 1997), and their two children.

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