Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies at 63

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Posted: Oct 04, 2014 1:05 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier died of a heart attack on Saturday, according to his lawyer Reynold Georges. He was 63.

After inheriting power from his father when aged just 19 in 1971, Duvalier fled into exile in 1986 after a popular uprising.

Following 25 years in exile in France, Duvalier returned to the impoverished Caribbean country in January 2011 and was briefly detained on charges of corruption, theft and misappropriation of funds.

(Reporting by Amelie Baron and David Adams; Editing by Frances Kerry)