Stylianos Pattakos, a leader of the 1967 coup, died at the age of 103 following a stroke on Saturday. The last survivor of the coup that governed Greece for seven years will be remembered in history as a brigadier general and commander that took a decisive part in the April 21, 1967, coup led by Colonel George Papadopoulos in Athens.
Following the coup, Pattakos was interior minister and deputy prime minister from 1971. As head of his post, he stripped Greek actress and political activist, Melina Mercouri, of her Greek citizenship and also confiscated her property. At the time, Mercouri retorted: “I was born a Greek and I will die a Greek. Mr. Pattakos was born a fascist and he will die a fascist.”
On November 25, 1973, Brigadier General Dimitris Ioannidis overthrew Papadopoulos and a 7-year dictatorship effectively came to an end following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
Condemned to death in 1975, Pattakos sentence was later changed to life imprisonment. In 1990, he was discharged from jail during the Konstandinos Mitsotakis government for health reasons. He died on Saturday, just a month before his 104th birthday.