Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Wednesday. He shot himself as police were preparing to arrest him on corruption charges Wednesday, reported CNN.
His death was confirmed by current President Martin Vizcarra. The president expressed his condolences over Twitter.
"Devastated by the death of former President Alan Garcia, I send my condolences to his family and loved ones," Vizcarra wrote.
Garcia, 69, was rushed to the hospital in the capital Lima on Wednesday in critical condition, the state news agency Andina reported. Garcia served as president from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011.
At the time of his death, he was under investigation for bribery in connection with a massive corruption scandal that has involved several South American leaders.
When police arrived, Garcia asked them to call his attorney. He then went into his bedroom and police later heard a gunshot. Officers forced entry into the bedroom and found Garcia in a sitting position with a wound to the head.
"The former president made the decision to shoot himself," his lawyer Erasmo Reyna said outside the Casimiro Ulloa hospital.
Garcia was accused of receiving kickbacks from one of Latin America's largest construction firms—the Brazil-based company Odebrecht—during the building of an electric train for the Lima metro while he was president during his second term. He denied the claims.
Please pray for his family during this time of tragedy.