Former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Seymour Arthur passed away earlier today at 12.26 a.m.
The 70-year-old died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being hospitalised last week with heart complications.
Arthur, the island’s longest-serving Prime Minister, led the Barbados Labour Party to three consecutive terms from 1994 to 2008, and was a Member of Parliament for the constituency of St Peter from 1984 to 2013.
Starting today, Monday, July 27, there will be a period of national mourning for three days. In addition, all flags will be flown at half-mast.