Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov dies aged 78

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Baku, September 2, AZERTAC

President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan has died at the age of 78, the country's cabinet of ministers and parliament said in an official report that was read out on national television, according to TASS News Agency.

"With deep grief in our hearts we inform you on the death of our dear President Islam Abduganiyevich Karimov," said the report published at the official website of the Uzbekistani government.

"Islam Abduganiyevich died on September 2, 2016, in Tashkent after an acute cerebrovascular event (brain haemorrhage) that produced irreversible cerebral changes and a multisystem organ failure," it said.

The funeral will be held in Samarkand on September 3, says an official statement by the Cabinet of Ministers and the parliament read out on national television.

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