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Manuel Noriega, the Panamanian dictator with the pockmarked face whose brutal six-year reign was ended by a U.S. invasion, has died. He was 83.

Noriega, who in recent years had suffered from prostate cancer and survived several strokes, was the first foreign leader to be convicted of crimes in a U.S. court and served more than a dozen years in an American prison before he was finally allowed to return home to Panama.

Noriega died at Hospital Santo Tomas in Panama City at around 11:00 p.m. local time, the hospital confirmed to NBC News.

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela also tweeted about the death, saying his passing “closes a chapter in our history; his daughters and their families deserve a burial in peace.”

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Image: U.S. Drug Enforcement Agents help Manuel Antonio Noriega into a C-130 transport plane en route from Panama City to Miami U.S. Drug Enforcement Agents help Noriega into plane from Panama City to Miami on Jan. 4, 1990. Charles M. Reger / U.S. Air Force via AP

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http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/manuel-noriega-ousted-panamanian-dictator-dead-83-n730291

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