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Helmut Schmidt

Former German Chancellor

Year of birth:1918
Died:10th Nov 2015
Wiki Link:Helmut Schmidt
5 apperances:2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

Schmidt's a Hit!

Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of West Germany, has provided DeathList 2015 with its 14th and record-tying success of the year. Schmidt was premier of West Germany from 1974 until 1982 and remained a public figure following his retirement from politics. Schmidt was famous for being a heavy smoker and was rumoured to have a large stockpile of menthol cigarettes at home in case they were banned. At the age of 96 and after some 80 years of smoking, he was reported to have quit in September 2015 and within two months he was dead - as clear a warning about the dangers of non-smoking as we have seen in a long time. Schmidt was making his fifth appearance on DeathList, this year at number 12. One more success before 31 December will see a new DeathList record set…

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