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Former Peru president Alan Garcia dies after shooting himself to avoid arrest

Alan Garcia, who had repeatedly denied wrongdoing, was 69.

Former Peru president Alan Garcia dies after shooting himself to avoid arrest
File photo of Alan Garcia (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

Lima: Peru's former president Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima on Wednesday after shooting himself as police arrived at his house to arrest him in connection with a bribery probe, authorities said on Wednesday.

Garcia, who had repeatedly denied wrongdoing, was 69.

President Martin Vizcarra said on Twitter that he was "consternated" by Garcia`s death, and sent his condolences to his family members.