Exclusive Former German Foreign Minister Westerwelle Dies of Leukemia

Guido Westerwelle, the former German foreign minister and longtime leader of the pro-business Free Democrats, has died. The Westerwelle Foundation announced that he had died earlier on Friday. Mr. Westerwelle, who served as foreign minister during Chancellor Angela Merkel’s second term from 2009 to 2013 and as vice chancellor until 2011, had been suffering from leukemia since 2014. He first made public that he was battling with the disease in 2014. He died at the University Hospital in Cologne, where he had been treated for the past months. Mr. Westerwelle, who was 54, leaves behind his life partner, Michael Mronz. He was the first openly gay member of the German cabinet. A written statement by Mr. Westerwelle and Mr. Mronz on the foundation website said: “We have fought. We had a goal in sight. We are grateful for an unbelievably great time together. Love remains.”   Picture source: Reuters