A world leader has fallen.
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang reportedly died on Friday at the age of 61.
The last time most Americans saw Quang in the media was when he hosted U.S. President Donald Trump last year, where Trump attended a summit with Pacific Rim leaders.
While he has appeared in public since, it was very seldom.
At one point, Quang went more than a month without anyone seeing him, spurring rumors about his health.
Then, earlier this week, Quang made a public appearance at a Politburo meeting, where he looked extremely frail.
Rumors continued, but the government never confirmed there were any medical issues with him.
On Friday, when Quang’s death was announced, his second in command only stated he died of “serious illness.”
On the government website, it was posted that the “utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese and foreign professors and doctors and care by the Party and State leaders” were not enough to save him.
Quang died at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi.
Short Political Career
Quang had spent much of his career as a security officer in the military.
He rose through the ranks and, before taking office, had reached the rank of a four-star general.
In 2016, Quang was elected to serve as president by the Communist-dominated National Assembly.
His appointment made him second in power only to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
A new president will more than likely be appointed at the next National Assembly session, which will be presided over by Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
That is expected to take place at some point in October.