Former ECB president found dead

Wim Duisenberg, former president of the European Central Bank, was found dead on Sunday 31 July at his villa in the south of France.

Duisenberg "died a natural death, due to drowning, after a cardiac problem," said Jean-Francois Sanpieri, a state prosecutor in the nearby town of Carpentras.

He was found late on Sunday morning in the villa's swimming pool.

Hans Eichel, German finance minister, said: "He played a central role in the successful build-up of European economic and monetary union."

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