Former Governor-General Sir Frederick Ballantyne, 83, died at his home on Thursday morning, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has announced.
Sir Frederick died a mere five months after demitting office as St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ longest-serving head of state.
His death comes just under two weeks after Gonsalves, speaking on Jan. 12, asked for prayers for the ailing leader, who was then in hospital.
“He is a great man, a humanist, he has a fantastic soul and spirit and he loves this country more than he loves himself,” Gonsalves said then.
Sir Frederick, a retired cardiologist, served as Governor-General from Sept. 2, 2002 until July 31, 2019.
In July 2019, Gonsalves announced that Sir Frederick had indicated a desire to demit office, for health reasons.
Susan Dougan, a retired educator and former Cabinet Secretary succeeded him, taking up the post on Aug. 1, 2019.