MONTEVIDEO – Jorge Lepra, who served as Uruguay’s industry, energy and mining minister from 2005 to 2008 in President Tabare Vazquez’s first administration, has died in Montevideo from heart problems, officials said. He was 73.
“All of us who knew him were proud of him. A deeply felt embrace to Jorge Lepra’s family,” Sen. Rafael Michelini, of the ruling leftist Broad Front coalition, said in a Twitter post.
Among other high-level posts, Lepra, who joined the Cabinet as an independent, was also Uruguay’s ambassador to France between 2008 and 2010, and was later general manager of defunct Uruguayan airline Pluna.
In the early 1990s, Lepra was the general manager of U.S. oil giant Texaco’s operations in Uruguay and served as vice president of the company in Argentina and Uruguay.
Lepra was a vice president of soccer club Atletico Peñarol, which also expressed its condolences on Twitter.
“With deep sorrow we say farewell to Jorge Lepra, president of the representatives assembly and former vice president of Peñarol,” the message said.
The online edition of the El Observador newspaper said Lepra died at Sanatorio Americano in Montevideo as a result of a cardiac condition that had required medical care since October.