Prime Minister of AlbaniaDied when: 68 years 342 days (827 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn
Mehmet Ismail Shehu (January 10, 1913 – December 18, 1981) was an Albanian communist politician who served as the 23rd Prime Minister of Albania from 1954 to 1981.
As an acknowledged military tactician, without whose leadership the communist partisans may well have failed in their battle to win Albania for the Marxist-Leninist cause, Shehu exhibited an ideological understanding and work ethic that singled him out for rapid promotion in the communist party.
Mehmet Shehu shared power with Enver Hoxha from the end of the Second World War.According to official Albanian government sources, he committed suicide on December 18, 1981, after which his family was arrested.
Persistent rumors remain, however, that Shehu was actually murdered on orders from Hoxha.