Patrick Manning, former prime minister of Trinidad is dead

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patrick-manning.jpegFormer Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning passed away Saturday morning after battling with Leukemia.

Manning reportedly passed away at the San Fernando General Hospital in the twin island republic at around 8:15 am. He was 70 years old.

"Former Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning passed away peacefully at the San Fernando General Hospital after battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Former Prime Minister Manning was surrounded by his family and loved ones," said a release on Manning's social media page. "The Manning family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love and support during this trying time. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course."

Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a type of blood cancer which starts in the bone marrow.

Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning, was born in San Fernando on August 17, 1946.

He attended Presentation College and later completed a BSc in Geology from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

He was the fourth and sixth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 17 December 1991 to 9 November 1995 and again from 24 December 2001 to 26 May 2010.

He was also leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) from 1987 to 2010.

A geologist by training, Manning has served as Member of Parliament for the San Fernando East constituency since 1971 and is currently the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives.

He was the Leader of the Opposition from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 2001.