Former first lady of Yugoslavia dies

Jovanka Broz, wife of first president of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito, died on Sunday in Belgrade

Former first lady of Yugoslavia dies

World Bulletin/News Desk

Jovanka Broz, last wife of President of former Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito, died in Belgrade Clinical Center at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday.

She was 89. The cause of death was "halt of the heart muscle", said statement released by the Clinical Center of Belgrade.

Jovanka Broz was born on December 7, 1924 in Pecani village, Croatia.

During the Second World War, she joined the Partisan Movement. In 1943, she was wounded in her leg after what she suffered from typhus. That time she was the youngest woman with an officer rank. She was awarded twice with the Medal of Bravery.

She got married to Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito in 1952.

Afterwards, she was suspected of espionage. In 1974 Josip Broz decided to found a party committee and start a public discussion about that. Jovanka was a subject of the disputes in 59 assemblies of the highest state and political bodies for 14 years. She was suspected of being a Soviet agent and preparing a military coup.

Yugoslav President left her in 1975 but they have never officially divorced.

She came to the spotlight in 2009 when Serbian public came to know that she lives relatively poor without any document. That year, Serbian Minister of Interior Ivica Dacic urged to issue ID card and passport for her.

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