Max Richards

Former President of T&T, George Maxwell Richards, has died. His family has confirmed that he suffered a heart attack earlier today and died at the West Shore Medical Complex.

George Maxwell Richards was born on December 1st 1931 in San Fernando. He attended the Queens Royal College and then furthered his studies at the University of Manchester where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

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Richards returned to Trinidad and worked for Shell Trinidad Ltd from 1957 to 1965. He went on to become the Principal of the University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine campus.

Taking office as the fourth President of Trinidad and Tobago in 2003, Richards often lamented the crime situation, calling on both authorities and citizens to unify for the good of the country. He was also well known for his involvement in T&T’s culture and his fondness for Carnival. Richards would often be seen playing mas on Carnival Monday and Tuesday with the citizenry. He also hosted the annual Max Richards and Friends All Inclusive Fete.

His office saw its share of controversy when all the members he appointed and swore into the Integrity Commission resigned shortly after taking up their instruments of appointment in 2009.

Richards vacated office in 2013 and was succeeded by current President Anthony Carmona.

In November 2016, an Al Jazeera report falsely claimed that Richards had died after he’d been experiencing a myriad of health complications.

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