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04. 04. 11. - 16:24

Ex-First Lady dies of cancer

Former First Lady Edith Klestil has passed away.

The ex-wife of late President Thomas Klestil died last week, Viennese newspapers reported today (Mon). The 78-year-old mother-of-three had suffered from cancer of the lymph glands since 2006.

Edith Klestil moved out of the presidential villa in Vienna-Dbling in 1994 before filing for divorce four years later. Thomas Klestil who became federal president in 1992 married diplomat Margot Lffler only some months after the official break-up from his wife.

Thomas Klestil passed away in 2004 a few days before he was due to pass on his presidential agendas to incumbent President Heinz Fischer.

Klestil-Lffler has been the Austrian ambassador in Moscow, Russia, for two weeks. She previously represented the country in Prague in the Czech Republic.

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