"His legacy in politics, in our history, in our culture, is an example for all future generations." Betancur was being treated in a Bogota clinic for a kidney condition. The Santa Fe Foundation clinic said in a statement that the ex-president passed away at 2:32 pm (2032 GMT).
She corrected the mistake within minutes, but not before it was picked up by national media, leading to a flood of reactions from public figures.
The conservative Betancur was president when leftist M-19 guerrillas seized control of Bogota's Palace of Justice in November 1985 -- a dramatic foretaste of the violence that was to mark Colombia over the next decades.
The main rebel group, the FARC, finally signed a peace agreement with the liberal government of Juan Manuel Santos more than 30 years later, in 2016. (AFP) IND
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