Former President of Trinidad & Tobago, George Maxwell Richards, passed away at 86-years-old.
Confirmation came from his daughter Maxine Richards, via a Facebook post earlier this evening on her personal page.
Media reports indicate that the former President passed away from congested heart failure after he was hospitalized earlier today.
The post read, “Rest in peace Daddy . I still can't believe you are gone. ” Reports said Richards was taken to West Shore Medical Centre last night after suffering a heart attack.
Richards was the fourth President to serve in Trinidad and Tobago, having held office from 2003 to 2013. He was a former principal of the University of the West Indies St Augustine Campus. He was married to Dr Jean Ramjohn Richards. He had two children, Maxine and Mark.
He was the first President of the Republic who was not an Attorney-at-Law and received the Chaconia Medal of the Order of the Trinity – Class1 (Gold) for Public Service.
The former President was a chemical engineer and served as the principal of the University of the West Indies St Augustine campus from 1984 to 1996.
He also served on the board of a number of local companies including the Trinidad Publishing Company, TRINTOC, and the National Gas Company and has also served on the boards of several service organizations, including the National Training Board (Chairman), the National Advisory Council and the Institute of Marine Affairs (Chairman).