Santiago – Gonzalo Meza Allende, a grandson of late Chilean President Salvador Allende, took his own life after a long period of depression, his family said Thursday. He was 45.
Meza killed himself Wednesday, according to a press statement issued on behalf of his mother, Sen. Isabel Allende, who thanked the public for respecting the family’s privacy amid “this sad news.”
Sources close to the family say Meza fell into a serious depression after his wife, Gema Salazar, died of cancer in August 2009.
Salvador Allende was also a suicide, shooting himself on Sept. 11, 1973, as Chilean air force planes bombed the presidential palace during the coup that toppled his Socialist government and ushered in 17 years of brutal military rule.
The ousted president’s eldest daughter, Beatriz, and his sister, former lawmaker Laura Allende, both subsequently took their own lives while living in exile in Cuba.