Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who smoked 60 a day since he was a teenager, dies in hospital aged 96


Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who smoked 60 a day since he was a teenager, dies in hospital aged 96
Mr Schmidt passed away surrounded by his partner, daughter and friends
He was Chancellor from 1974 until 1982 and was leading proponent of EU
Previously, he was a group leader in Hitler Youth organisation until 1936
Stunned his countrymen in March after revealing he cheated on his wife
He stashed 38,000 menthol cigarettes over fears the EU would ban them

Former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt has died in hospital at the age of 96 after a weekend where doctors fought for his life.

Mr Schmidt, who had smoked 60 cigarettes a day since he was a teenager, was surrounded by friends and family at his hospital bed in Hamburg.

Among them was his daughter Susanna, who lives in the UK and who flew out to say farewell, and his partner Ruth Loah, 82.


Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (pictured in Frankfurt in 2009) has died at the age of 96 despite smoking 60 cigarettes a day since he was a teenager


His chief physician Professor Heiner Grete told Germany's Bild newspaper yesterday: 'He is no longer conscious, his body has little resistance. We must expect anything to occur.'

Most media websites reported that he was not expected to last another night but he battled on and passed away this afternoon.

The former chancellor survived a brush with death in September with a blood clot only to be rushed back into hospital at the weekend with a high fever triggered by an unspecified infection.

In March, the veteran politician stunned his countrymen when extracts from his new book were printed in which he revealed he cheated on his wife during their 68-year marriage.

'I had a relationship with another woman,' said Schmidt, who lost his wife 'Loki' five years ago


Herr Schmidt was surrounded by friends and family at his hospital bed in Hamburg including his daughter Susanna, who lives in the UK, and his partner Ruth Loah, 82



Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt leaves after a news conference in Berlin in 2010. Prior to being Chancellor, he was a highly successful finance minister

Schmidt revealed his deepest personal secret in his book What I Still Want To Say.

He did not reveal the identity of his mistress nor how long the affair lasted.

It was following the death of his wife that he began his relationship with Ruth, his long time secretary.

Schmidt was the leader of Germany from 1974 until 1982 for the SPD 'Labour' party and concentrated on foreign policy.

He was a leading proponent of the EU, the euro and a central bank for Europe.

Prior to the highest office in the land he was a highly successful finance minister


Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt leaves after a news conference in Berlin in 2010. Prior to being Chancellor, he was a highly successful finance minister

Schmidt revealed his deepest personal secret in his book What I Still Want To Say.

He did not reveal the identity of his mistress nor how long the affair lasted.

It was following the death of his wife that he began his relationship with Ruth, his long time secretary.

Schmidt was the leader of Germany from 1974 until 1982 for the SPD 'Labour' party and concentrated on foreign policy.

He was a leading proponent of the EU, the euro and a central bank for Europe.

Prior to the highest office in the land he was a highly successful finance minister



Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who smoked 60 a day since he was a teenager, dies in hospital aged 96 Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who smoked 60 a day since he was a teenager, dies in hospital aged 96 Reviewed by Ajit Kumar on 8:30 PM Rating: 5

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