Former New Zealand prime minister David Lange, who led the country through a tumultuous period when it split with the United States over nuclear policy and battled France over the sinking of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, has died aged 63.
In a brief statement early on Sunday, the Lange family said he died late on Saturday night from complications of renal failure.
Lange was prime minister for five years from 1984, inheriting a country in economic trouble and presiding over a series of radical economic reforms, which alienated many of his Labour Party's traditional blue-collarsupporters.
Hehad suffered serious health problems for the past decade and had his right leg amputated below the knee in July following complications with diabetes.
In 1995 he underwent a quadruple heart bypass operation and in 2002, he was diagnosed with a rare incurable plasma disorder, amyloidosis, which causes a build-upof excess protein from bone marrow and damages the organs.