Bridgetown: Prime Minister David
Thompson of Barbados died on Saturday following a struggle with
pancreatic cancer, the government announced. He was 48.
Thompson, who became prime minister of the Caribbean
nation of 270,000 people in January 2008, died before dawn at
his private residence in St Philip, according to a government
Thompson had been ill since March and travelled to New
York several times for treatment. He declined to discuss his
condition until last month, when his doctor announced that
Thompson had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was
In an address to the nation last month, Thompson said he
was reshuffling his Cabinet to pass many of his
responsibilities to other ministers. He said he chose to speak
by radio instead of going on camera so islanders would focus
on his message, not his appearance.
Thompson`s deputy, Freundel Stuart, has been acting as
Messages of condolence came from other leaders across the
"It is a loss to not only the people of Barbados, but
also the people of the Caribbean," said Denzil Douglas, prime
minister of St Kitts and Nevis.