Former security minister Carlos Menocal announced the unfortunate passing of Guatemala’s former president Alvaro Colom. He went on to say that he breathed his last on Monday, January 23, 2023, at the age of 71. Following the announcement of the news by the former minister, social media got flooded with tributary posts and RIP messages. Netizens started coming to the front to mourn his sudden death and offered their deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Here, in this article, let us find out what happened to Colom and how did he die.
According to the reports, Alvaro Colom was battling esophageal cancer for a long time. Speaking about his death, Carlos Menocal said that Alvaro was released from the hospital a week and a half ago and that he was very sick. It is no doubt to say that Alvaro received the best possible treatment for the disease but unfortunately, he could not survive and succumbed to the dreaded disease. Now, the news of his passing has gotten circulated all over the internet and has become a cause of sadness to many. Tributes have poured in for the former president.
Who Was Alvaro Colom?
Alvaro Colom led the Central American country from 2008 to 2012. He was reportedly a soft-spoken politician. Apart from being a politician, he was also a textile businessman. In 2007, Colom became Guatemala’s first leftist president after defeating the former head of the army intelligence Otto Perez Molina. Let us also mention that became the first leftist president since the country’s civil war ended in 1996.
⚫️ FALLECE ⎮ Confirman el fallecimiento del expresidente Álvaro Colom Caballeros
El mandatario fallece a los 71 años, según se dio a conocer.
— Soy 502 (@soy_502) January 24, 2023
Taking to Twitter, current president Alejandro Giammattei, expressed his heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. He further wrote that may god comfort them in the face of such an irreparable loss. Alejandro was not the only person to come forward and express his heartfelt tributes to the late president. Several personalities expressed their sincere respect after learning about his passing.
It is reported that Colom was arrested in 2018 as part of a local corruption investigation looking at buses bought during his administration for a large public transport program. Besides, it is said that Colom was under preventative home arrest still awaiting a trial when he died. Needless to say, his sudden death has become one of the most discussed topics right now. Everyone seems to be paying him tributes and condolences to his family. Stay tuned with Social Telecast for more updates and the latest news.