Former president of the international Olympic committee Juan Antonio Samaranch has died at the age of 89 of cardio-respiratory failure.
He had been in a “very serious condition” in an intensive care unit at the Quiron hospital in Barcelona.
The Spaniard had suffered a number of recent health scares. In October he was rushed to a Monaco hosptial after collapsing with fatigue during a sports convention.
In 2007 he spent two days in a clinic in Madrid due to high blood pressure and back in 2001 spent 11 days in a Swiss hospital because of extreme fatigue.
Samaranach was the seventh President of the IOC from 1980 to 2001.