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Former East German first lady Margot Honecker dies in Chile

  • FILE - In this July 28, 2008 file photo, Margot Honecker visits the German Hospital during her visit to Managua, Nicaragua, where she won a top Nicaraguan honor for her work in a literacy campaign. Honecker, the longtime first lady of East Germany and the communist state's hardline education minister, died in exile in Chile on Friday, May 6, 2016, according to a friend of the family who is a member of Chile's Communist party. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

    FILE - In this July 28, 2008 file photo, Margot Honecker visits the German Hospital during her visit to Managua, Nicaragua, where she won a top Nicaraguan honor for her work in a literacy campaign. Honecker, the longtime first lady of East Germany and the communist state's hardline education minister, died in exile in Chile on Friday, May 6, 2016, according to a friend of the family who is a member of Chile's Communist party. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1991 file photo, former East German leader Erich Honecker and his wife Margot walk in a park near the residence where they stay in Moscow, Russia. Margot Honecker, the longtime first lady of East Germany and the communist state's hardline education minister, died in exile in Chile on Friday, May 6, 2016, according to a friend of the family who is a member of Chile's Communist party.  (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1991 file photo, former East German leader Erich Honecker and his wife Margot walk in a park near the residence where they stay in Moscow, Russia. Margot Honecker, the longtime first lady of East Germany and the communist state's hardline education minister, died in exile in Chile on Friday, May 6, 2016, according to a friend of the family who is a member of Chile's Communist party. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Former East German first lady Margot Honecker has died in Chile at age 89.

A family friend and member of the Chilean Communist Party confirms Friday's death.

Honecker had lived since 1992 in Chile. Her husband, former leader Erich Honecker, died in 1994 after joining her there.