Vaclav Havel, onetime Czech president, dead at 75
According to a spokesman, Havel died from complications related to severe respiratory ailments. He was a heavy smoker who underwent treatment for lung cancer in 1996.
Havel was at home in the world of celebrity. Visitors to his presidential residence included Frank Zappa and the Rolling Stones.
Havel's death came on the same day (Dec. 18) that North Korea's longtime leader, Kim Jong Il's death was announced.
Above: Havel with Joan Baez.