Former President of Peru Alan Garcia was confirmed dead on Wednesday after he shot himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation.
This was confirmed by the general secretary of Garcia’s American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (Apra) party, Omar Quesada,“Alan Garcia has died, long live Apra.”
Peru’s current President Martin Vizcarra expressed his sympathy on his Twitter account.
“Dismayed by the death of ex-president Alan Garcia. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones,” Vizcarra wrote in a tweet.
Garcia was president of Peru from 1985-90 and 2006-11.
According to reports, the Police were acting on an arrest warrant for money laundering linked to the wide-ranging corruption scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
Peru’s health ministry said the bullet passed straight through Garcia’s head.
Garcia suffered cardiac arrest three times while undergoing emergency surgery, Health Minister Zulema Tomas said.