A hospital spokesman says former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has died at the age of 91.
General Pinochet died of a complications of a heart attack on Sunday at a military hospital in the Chilean capital Santiago.
Pinochet suffered the heart attack a week ago. Doctor said on Monday that he was improving and that he had begun physical therapy. However, doctors today said his condition had worsened suddenly and he was rushed to intensive care.
A small crowd of Pinochet's supporters gathered at the hospital under heavy police security when news of his death became public. They shouted pro-Pinochet slogans and sang the national anthem.
General Pinochet seized power during a period of economic and political unrest in 1973. With the backing of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, he overthrew elected socialist President Salvador Allende.
Pinochet was accused of committing numerous human rights violations during his rule from 1973 to 1990, when more than three-thousand people were killed or kidnapped for political reasons.