Former President Adan Martín has died

Update 11 October: The Canaries are now starting three official days of mourning for Adán Martín, whose body has been in a chapel of rest in the Canarian Government building in Santa Cruz since last evening. It will remain there until 2pm this afternoon for those who want to file past to pay their respects. It will then be flown to Gran Canaria for his funeral later today.

Over 200 people were waiting for his coffin to arrive in Santa Cruz, and tributes have been pouring in from all areas of the Canaries and Madrid, where Adán Martín had been a regional MP before becoming Canarian President. The Canarian Government has awarded him a posthumous Medalla de Oro, the highest award it can make. The medal was handed over by current President Paulino Rivero to Adán Martín’s widow, Pilar Parejo.

The interment later today will be a private affair, at the request of the family, but there will be an official funeral service, conducted by the two bishops of the Canaries, in the Cathedral of Las Palmas on 20 October. PV

Update 10 October: Former President Adán Martin died last night. The 66-year-old had been fighting cancer for over a decade. A very great many in the islands are hugely saddened by the passing of the man they called “el gran presidente”, an honourable and gentle man who loved his “tierra”, and who was leader of the Canarian Government from 2003 to 2007. I’m sure the expatriate community will be sending their commiserations and sympathy to his family and close friends. Descanse en paz, Señor Presidente.

Original post 8 October: Adán Martín is critically ill in hospital in Barcelona, according to family sources. It seems that the former President of the Canaries, who retired in 2007, has not recovered sufficiently from the complications to a bone marrow transplant he received in August as part of his ongoing battle against cancer. His wife, children, and close family friends are at his bedside today. PV

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