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Human Rights Activist Olga Havlova Dies At 62

Olga Havlova, a human rights activist and wife of President Vaclav Havel, died Saturday at age 62.

She died at her home in Prague after suffering from cancer for several months, the president’s office said.

Born Olga Splichalova in a Prague working class family, Havlova met her husband when he was a theater stage hand in the 1950s.

They married in 1964. They had no children.

Havlova was a signatory of the Charter 77 human rights manifesto and for many years worked within the Czech dissident network led by her husband. When he was in jail from 1979-82, he wrote her a long series of philosophical letters, later published as “Letters to Olga.”