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Peru's former president Alan Garcia died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case. He was 69. The health ministry said Garcia died of “massive cerebral haemorrhage from a gunshot wound and cardiorespiratory arrest." Garcia was resuscitated three times after suffering heart attacks while undergoing emergency surgery, before finally succumbing, Peru's Health Minister Zulema Tomas said. The Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital in Lima earlier confirmed he had suffered "a bullet wound to his head." "This morning there was a regrettable accident: the president took the decision to shoot himself," Erasmo Reyna, Garcia's lawyer, told reporters outside the hospital after Garcia was admitted. "Alan Garcia has died, long live APRA," said Omar Quesada, the general secretary of Garcia's American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party. The attempted arrest unfolded at 6:30 am (1130 GMT) at Garcia's home in Lima's upmarket Miraflores neighbourhood.