ANGOLA: Neto's Death

Start of a power struggle

We are your children of the native quarters which electricity never reaches men dying drunk abandoned to the rhythm of death 's tom-toms.

So wrote Agostinho Neto, the poet, doctor and revolutionary who became Angola's first President in 1975. The tom toms pounded for Neto last week when he died in a Moscow hospital at the age of 56, following surgery for cancer of the pancreas and cirrhosis of the liver.

The son of a Methodist minister, Neto had spent years in prison and exile. When...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!