Former PM Stanislav Gross loses his battle with ALS, dies aged 45

Stanislav Gross, the Czech Republic's former prime minister, has passed away. The 45-year-old member of the Czech Social Democratic Party died on Thursday in Prague.

In these difficult times, President would like to express his deepest condolences to his Family,” stated President’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček.

Stanislav Gross

Stanislav Gross | Photo courtesy of Radio.cz (http://radio.cz)

Stanislav Gross was born in Prague and after finishing his studies he shortly worked for Czech Railways as an engine-driver trainee. After the Velvet Revolution in 1989, he joined the leftist Social Democrats and was elected to the parliament in 1992. In the 2000 he became an interior minister in the government of Miloš Zeman and four years later, Gross became the Czech Republic’s youngest prime minister.

According to Czech Television, Gross was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

He is survived by a spouse and two children.