Thomas Klestil

Austrian diplomat and politician (1932–2004)

Thomas Klestil (4 November 1932 – 6 July 2004) was an Austrian politician and diplomat. He served as president of Austria from 1992 until his death in 2004. He was re-elected in 1998. He was a member of the People's Party. Klestil was born in Vienna. He got divorced from his first wife Edith Wielander in 1998. That same year, Klestil married diplomat Margot Löffler.

Klestil in 2001

On 5 July 2004, three days before he was to leave office, Klestil had either a heart attack or heart failure. It may have been caused by his long-term lung problems. He was left in critical condition at a Viennese hospital. On 6 July, he died of multiple organ failure. He was 71.[1]


  1. "Thomas Klestil, 71, Austrian Who Redeemed the Presidency". The New York Times. Associated Press. 7 July 2004. Retrieved 18 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)