Hoyte dies Stabroeknews -Monday, December 23, 2002

PNCR Leader and former Executive President, Desmond Hoyte died suddenly at his home on North Road yesterday. He was 73. It appeared that he suffered a heart attack.

Discussions have begun on burial arrangements and it is expected that his funeral will be held sometime next week. President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday offered his condolences to Hoyte’s family and the party’s members. Following Hoyte’s death, the President conveyed his condolences during a conversation with party Chairman Robert Corbin. In a subsequent statement, the President said that he has directed that all appropriate measures in respect of the former President be carried out by the state. All flags are to be flown at half-mast today.

According to the PNCR’s constitution, leadership passes to the chairman who has sixty days within which to call a general council or congress for the election of a new leader. Yesterday, PNCR executives and members expressed shock over Hoyte’s passing and praised his leadership.