Obituaries in the News Desmond Hoyte The Associated Press -Sunday, December 22, 2002; 6:23 PM



GEORGETOWN, Guyana –– Opposition leader and former President Desmond Hoyte died of an apparent heart attack Sunday. He was 73.

Hoyte, leader of the People's National Congress party, had a history of heart trouble, including triple bypass surgery in New York in 1993 after collapsing in Georgetown, the capital, months after losing the general elections.

Hoyte, a British-trained lawyer, was Guyana's president from 1985-1992, when his party lost to the governing People's Progressive Party. Hoyte had served as ceremonial prime minister, vice president and held several ministerial positions, including finance and economic planning minister, before becoming president.