November 20, 2014
Mendoza Mayor Víctor Fayad dies at 59
Mendoza Mayor Víctor Fayad died today due to a mediastinum cancer, head of the Italian Hospital in Mendoza City Rodolfo Morgani confirmed to the press. He was 59 years old.
Fayad, member of the Radical Party (UCR) and three times elected Mayor of Mendoza, was hospitalized during the past weekend as his condition worsened.
The former Mayor was a current ally of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration, and a fierce opponent of former Vice-president and Mendoza Governor Julio Cobos.
Fayad was born in the city of General Alvear, 287 kilometers away from Mendoza City, on February 9, 1955.
He was the nephew of former UCR Mendoza Governor Santiago Felipe Llaver, and received a lawyer degree in the University of Litoral.
“El turco”, as he was popularly nicknamed after his Arab ancestry, was married to Marcela Pérez Caroli, Business Administration graduate, with whom he had three kids: Víctor, María Mercedes and María Consuelo. Marcela died from cancer a few years ago.
He had a lifetime political relationship with the Radical Party. He became president of the Mendoza City council at 27 years-old for the UCR. He was then elected Mayor of Mendoza for the first time in 1987, and he became the youngest candidate for the province governance at 36, in 1991.
Described as a “political animal” by both fellow radicals and opponents, he won Mendoza City elections three times: in 1987, 2007 and 2011, and was also elected for national lawmaker in 1993, 1997 and in 2001.
Fayad was an inveterate smoker. He struggled with cancer for almost a year.