The former Senate president of the Dominican Republic has died at the age of 73.
Amable Aristy Castro passed away following cardiac arrest in his home after shopping earlier that day.
Kind Aristy Castro died of cardiac arrest in Higüey https://t.co/OiqeZILcOn
— News Dominican (@NewsDominicanrd) December 5, 2022
A longtime leader
“Aristy Castro, 73, was born in the community of El Bonao, Higüey, La Altagracia province, on May 10, 1949. He had been president of the Liberal Reform Party (PRL) since 2015,” Dominican News reported.
“He began his political career in the Social Christian Reform Party (PRSC), which he joined in 1976 and for which he was elected twice as a representative and seven times as a senator,” it continued.
“He also presented his presidential candidacy for this political party in 2008. He was president of the Senate four times and held the position of general secretary of the Municipal League (LMD) on three occasions,” the outlet added.
Al inicio del programa @JaimeRinconRD comenta el fallecimiento de ex legislador Amable Aristy Castro y dirigente político.
“Yo definiría a Amable como uno de los políticos más sagaces que ha tenido la República Dominicana”. pic.twitter.com/KG1AqWXniY
— Estrellas De La Opinión (@EstrellasOpinan) December 5, 2022
A life of impact
Dominican President Luis Abinader released a statement in tribute to the loss of the leader.
“Our friend Amable Aristy Castro passed away. Close and supportive politician, friend of his friends and with deep love for his people. My deepest condolences to his now widow D. Andrea and her children Karina, Yenny, Onabel and Amable,” the English translation stated.
Falleció nuestro amigo Amable Aristy Castro. Político cercano y solidario, amigo de sus amigos y con profundo amor a su pueblo. Mi más sentido pésame a su hoy viuda D. Andrea y sus hijos Karina, Yenny, Onabel y Amable.
— Luis Abinader (@luisabinader) December 5, 2022
Castro had also recently celebrated his wife’s birthday just days before his sudden passing.
“Today is my beloved wife Andrea’s birthday, the woman of my life, my support, my column. Life gave me the best wife I could have imagined. Therefore, on your day, I am here to offer you the promise of eternal love. Have a nice and happy birthday, like your heart!” he wrote on Nov. 30.
Hoy está de cumpleaños mi amada esposa Andrea, la mujer de mi vida, mi soporte, mi columna. La vida me regaló la mejor esposa que hubiera podido imaginar. Por eso, en tu día, estoy aquí para ofrecerte la promesa de un amor eterno. Ten un cumpleaños lindo y feliz, como tu corazón! pic.twitter.com/4CS4LPXLPK
— Amable Aristy Castro (@AristyAmable) November 30, 2022
His loss leaves behind a long legacy in the nation and will be deeply mourned by the people of the Dominican Republic.