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Former court poet to Ceausescu, nationalist politician who lost presidential bid, dies

  • FILE - In this Sunday Nov. 26, 2000 file picture, Romanian ultranationalist politician Corneliu Vadim Tudor makes his way out of a voting station in Bucharest, Romania. Tudor, aged 65, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in a hospital in the Romanian capital following a cardiac arrest.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday Nov. 26, 2000 file picture, Romanian ultranationalist politician Corneliu Vadim Tudor makes his way out of a voting station in Bucharest, Romania. Tudor, aged 65, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in a hospital in the Romanian capital following a cardiac arrest.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -  In this Monday, Dec. 18, 2006 file picture, Romanian President Traian Basescu, top, adjust his microphone as ultranationalist leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor, right, carries a banner depicting Basescu behind bars, and shouts attempting to interrupt the President's speech during a special Parliament session in Bucharest Romania. Tudor, aged 65,  died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in a hospital in the Romanian capital following a cardiac arrest.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 18, 2006 file picture, Romanian President Traian Basescu, top, adjust his microphone as ultranationalist leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor, right, carries a banner depicting Basescu behind bars, and shouts attempting to interrupt the President's speech during a special Parliament session in Bucharest Romania. Tudor, aged 65, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in a hospital in the Romanian capital following a cardiac arrest.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday Nov. 26, 2000 file picture, Romanian ultranationalist politician Corneliu Vadim Tudor touches his forehead during a press conference in Bucharest, Romania. Tudor, aged 65, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in a hospital in the Romanian capital following a cardiac arrest.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday Nov. 26, 2000 file picture, Romanian ultranationalist politician Corneliu Vadim Tudor touches his forehead during a press conference in Bucharest, Romania. Tudor, aged 65, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in a hospital in the Romanian capital following a cardiac arrest.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)  (The Associated Press)

Corneliu Vadim Tudor, a nationalist politician and court poet to late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who attracted audiences by saying what mainstream politicians didn't dare, has died. He was 65.

Tudor died Monday hours after having been admitted to the Army's Emergency Clinic for Cardiovascular Disease, said friend Marius Marinescu.

Tudor began as a writer and poet and penned verses flattering Ceausescu. After communism collapsed, he founded the nationalist Greater Romania Party and the Greater Romania weekly, a publication which in its heyday had a circulation of hundreds of thousands.

He wrote disparaging and racist articles, usually laced with humor, about Jews, Hungarians and liberal-minded Romanians. He was a lawmaker in the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014.

He lost the presidential race in 2000, to Ion Iliescu, who was elected president for a third time.