The Swedish media today report that Bo Holmberg, a former minister and the widower of the murdered Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, was found dead in his home yesterday, aged 67.
Born on 17 November 1942, he was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs (later renamed Minister for Civil Affairs) in Olof Palme’s government in 1982 and remained so in Ingvar Carlsson’s government after Palme’s assassination. He resigned from the cabinet in 1988. Holmberg was a Member of Parliament from 1985 to 1996 and Governor of the County of Södermanland 1996-2005.
In 1991 he married fellow Social Democrat Anna Lindh, who was considered a future leader of her party and was a very popular Foreign Minister at the time of her brutal assassination during the EMU campaign in September 2003. Holmberg’s death tragically leaves his and Lindh’s two sons orphaned at the age of 16 and 19.
Svenska Dagbladet reports: http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/bo-holmberg-dod_4255257.svd