R.I.P.

Pierre Trudeau

Died September 28, 2000

Former Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Dead at 80

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau has died at the age of 80, his family said in a statement on Thursday.

``Justin and Sacha Trudeau deeply regret to inform you that their father, the Right Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau passed away shortly after 3 p.m. today, September 28,'' Roy Heenan, partner in Trudeau's Montreal law firm, told Reuters, reading from a statement from Trudeau's sons Justin and Sacha.

``In addition to Parkinson's Disease, Mr. Trudeau suffered from prostate cancer. The funeral arrangements are being prepared and the details will be provided as soon as they are available.''

Expectations were that a state funeral would be held for Trudeau. The flamboyant millionaire from Montreal was prime minister from 1968 until 1979 and from 1980 until 1984.

Erudite, suave and flamboyant to the point of arrogance, Trudeau was first elected prime minister in 1968 on a wave of ''Trudeaumania'' in a country that had been averse to political celebrities. He remained in power over the following 16 years, except for a nine-month gap in 1979-80.

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