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GRENADA LEADER DIES AFTER LONG CANCER FIGHT

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Prime Minister Herbert Blaize, who won election after the U.S. invasion in 1983, died Tuesday at his official residence, Governor-General Paul Scoon announced. He was 71.

No cause of death was given immediately, but Blaize had been suffering for years from cancer of the prostate and had made regular, annual visits to Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington for radiation treatment.Scoon said he hoped to announce a substitute for Blaize soon.

Following the U.S.-backed military intervention in 1983, Blaize and two other leaders of moderate political parties, formed the coalition New National party and won elections in 1984. The United States intervened in Grenada after the government of Marxist Prime Minister Maurice Bishop was overthrown by a military coup.