Death of Ian Smith

April 8, 1919 - November 20, 2007
Cape Town, South Africa | Age 88

Last prime minister of Rhodesia dies at 88
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Ian Smith, the last prime minister of white-ruled Rhodesia, whose attempts to resist black rule dragged the country now known as Zimbabwe into isolation and civil war, has died, according to a family friend. He was 88.

Smith died Tuesday at a clinic near the South African city of Cape Town, where he spent his final years with his family, according to longtime friend Sam Whaley. He had been ailing for some time and recently suffered a stroke.

To many white Rhodesians, he was a...

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