Michael I, Last Living WWII Leader, Dies At 96

02 Mar 1997 --- RETURN OF KING MICHAEL OF ROMANIA TO BUCHAREST --- Image by © Jacques Langevin/Sygma/Corbis

Romania’s former King Michael I, a one-time boy monarch who later engineered the ouster of pro-Nazi strongman Gen. Ion Antonescu during World War II, only to be forced at gunpoint to abdicate by a Communist-led postwar government, died Dec. 5 at his residence in Switzerland. He was 96.

The cause of death was not immediately announced in a statement from the royal house, but the former monarch had been treated for leukemia and another type of cancer for at least the past year, the family had earlier announced.

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