Former Panama military leader and dictator Manuel Noriega died at the age of 83, the BBC reported.
Noriega had recently suffered a hemorrhage after brain surgery.
Noriega was the de facto ruler of Panama from 1983 to 1989, working closely with the CIA and the White House during this time to allow weapons to pass through Panama to the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.
Noriega allowed for elections in Panama in 1989, but refused to accept the result. His stand-in candidate lost to anti-Noriega candidate Guillermo Endara, and so Noriega declared the election null and void.
U.S. authorities soured on Noriega due to his reputation, and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison in September of 1992 for drug trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering.
Noriega had been on house arrest in Panama after spending time in the U.S., France, and Panama, for the crime he had committed.
Noriega is survived by his wife, Felicidad, and his three daughters, Thays, Sandra, and Lorena.