Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright-turned-president and the leading figure in the peaceful revolution that toppled communism in Czechoslovakia, has died.
Vaclav Havel, a leading member of the Czechoslovak opposition, waves to the crowd of demonstrators on Wenceslas Square in Prague on December 10, 1989.
Newly elected Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel meets citizens after being elected at Prague Castle on December 29, 1989.
Havel at his cottage in Hradecek in the early 1970s
Havel (right) addresses a crowd of demonstrators celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declarations of Human Rights in Prague on December 10, 1988.
Pope John Paul II (right) holds a private audience with Havel at the Vatican in Rome in September 1990.
Havel (center) sits between his first wife, Olga, and the Prague Spring's Alexander Dubcek in Prague listening to Pope John Paul during his visit to Czechoslovakia.
Czech President Havel (left) and former Polish President Lech Walesa joke in a Warsaw pub in March 1998.
Former Czech President Havel, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (center), and Rebiya Kadeer, head of the World Uyghur Congress, at the Peace, Democracy, and Human Rights in Asia conference in Prague in September 2009.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (left) joins Havel at his Forum 2000 Conference in Prague in October 2007.
Havel (left) lights candles at the students' memorial on National Avenue in Prague on November 17, 2009.
Havel watches on set during the shooting of his film ''Leaving'' in the village of Ceska Skalice in July 2010.
Havel waves to the audience after a premiere of his new movie "Leaving" in Prague in March 2011.
Havel smiles next to his second wife, Dagmar, in March 2011.
Vaclav Havel looks on at the 15th Forum 2000 Conference in Prague in October 2011.