Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died at age 61, state-controlled media in the communist-ruled country said on Friday.

Quang, who took office as Vietnam’s head of state in April 2016, died of an undisclosed illness shortly after 10am at Hanoi’s Military Central Hospital.

According to an official statement, the late president had been in “critical condition and has received treatments from the medical team at home and abroad”.

Quang, a former deputy minister and minister of public security, was one of Vietnam’s three most powerful ruling officials, alongside Nguyen Phu Trong, the communist party chief, and Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the prime minister.

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