Maria Barroso, former Portuguese first lady and Socialist Party co-founder, dead at 90

Lisbon's Red Cross Hospital says former First Lady Maria Barroso Soares, whose husband Mario Soares was a two-term head of state between 1986-96, has died. She was 90.

The hospital said in a statement she died Tuesday, 10 days after being admitted after a fall at home and going into a coma.

Maria Barroso met her husband at Lisbon University in the 1940s and together they opposed the dictatorship that governed Portugal. Mario Soares was imprisoned several times and sent into exile with his wife. They were both among the founders, in 1973, of Portugal's center-left Socialist Party.

After democracy was introduced in 1974, Maria Barroso became a lawmaker while her husband became foreign minister and prime minister.

She was survived by her husband, two children and several grandchildren.