Vaclav Havel dies

Vaclav Havel, Czech playwright and former president, dead at 75

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
Vaclav Havel
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Vaclav Havel

Vaclav Havel has died at the age of 75, MSNBC reports.

Havel led the Velvet Revolution in 1989 which toppled communism in the former Czechoslovakia. Havel was a playwright who later became president of the Czech republic. Havel was the first democratically elected president following the Velvet Revolution.

Havel is being remembered in the Czech Republic today as citizens place notes of condolence at the revolution monument in downtown Prague. One note read, "Mr. President, thank you for democracy."

"Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred" was Havel's revolutionary motto.

Read more about the life and legacy of Vaclav Havel here.

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