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Jakarta Globe

Former President BJ Habibie and first lady Hasri Ainun Habibie in this file photo from 2005. Ibu Ainun has been hospitalized for almost a month.

Former President BJ Habibie and first lady Hasri Ainun Habibie in this file photo from 2005. Ibu Ainun has been hospitalized for almost a month.

Former First Lady Hasri Ainun Habibie Dies At 72

Hasri Ainun Habibie, the wife of former Indonesian President BJ Habibie died of colon cancer on Saturday afternoon in Munich, Germany. She was 72 years old.

Mrs. Habibie was hospitalized at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Klinikum Grohadern, Munich since March 23, 2010. She had had a string of surgeries and other treatments in the past two months. She died surrounded by her family and close relatives, a family spokesman said.

“Pak Habibie gave his regards to all Indonesian people who had prayed for Ibu Hasri,” Ahmad Watik Pratiknya the family spokesman said in Metro TV. Ahmad Watik and other relatives had gathered at the family home in Kuningan, South Jakarta.

Habibie had always stayed by her side since she was admitted to the hospital. They had been married for 48 years and had 2 children. The remains would be flown to Indonesia with the presidential plane as soon as possible. The plane would depart from Jakarta on Sunday. Mrs. Habibie would be buried at Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Boediono expressed their condolences to the bereaved family.

“Mr. President expressed his deepest condolences. He's still coordinating with Vice President Boediono to discuss arrangements (regarding Mrs. Habibie's demise),” presidential spokesman Julian Pasha said.

In recent years, Mrs. Habibie was active in social activities. She founded Orbit Foundation which provides scholarship for students from poor families and a cornea bank to help people with cornea dysfunction.



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UniquelyU

4:58 AM May 23, 2010

RIP Ibu Ainun

from t'gardener across your house @ patra kuningan, para ojek & ancela suparno