FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2010 file photo, former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla attends the last day of his trial in Cordoba, Argentina. Videla, who ruled during Argentina's Dirty War, died Friday, May 17, 2013, in his prison cell of natural causes while serving time for human rights crimes, according to local media reports. He was 87. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File) (The Associated Press)
FILE - In this June 1978 file photo, Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla talks to journalists at the Buenos Aires Government Palace, in Argentina. The former Argentine dictator died of natural causes Friday, May 17, 2013, while serving life sentences at the Marcos Paz prison for crimes against humanity. Videla took power in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands of his fellow citizens in a dirty war to eliminate "subversives." He was 87. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia, File) (The Associated Press)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Preliminary autopsy results say former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla died from fractures and a hemorrhage suffered in a fall in the shower while he was serving a life sentence for human rights violations.
The 87-year-old was found dead Friday in his prison cell, five days after he fell. The preliminary report released Monday says the hemorrhage that he suffered caused a cardiac arrest.
The general led a military junta that ousted elected President Maria Estela Martinez de Peron in March 1976. The government is blamed for the deaths and disappearances of as many as 30,000 dissidents and others during its seven years in power.
Videla was convicted for offenses ranging from the deaths of 31 dissidents to the kidnapping of children born to people seized by the junta.