Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson has died. The head of state had been battling pancreatic cancer for some time.
The Barbados Advocate reports that Thompson, 48, passed away at approximately 2:10 a.m. this morning.
Thompson had presented his final address to the nation on September 30 where he announced a Cabinet reshuffle and devolved several of his portfolios to Cabinet members.
Thompson became Prime Minister in January 2008 when the Democratic Labour Party won the government.
He is survived by his wife Mara, and three daughters, Mischa, Oya and Osa-Marie.
STATEMENT BY THE CTO ON THE PASSING
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is deeply saddened by the passing of The Right Hon. David Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados. Our prayers are with his wife Mara, his daughters Misha, Oya and Osa-Marie, his parents, family, relatives and friends.
We also share the grief of his constituents whom he served from 1987 until his passing on October 23rd and the entire nation of Barbados, which he led as Prime Minister since 2008.
Despite the prior knowledge of his illness, the passing of Prime Minister Thompson at the early age of 48 must come as a shock to the People of Barbados, whose prayers and outpouring of support have been unceasing.
Prime Minister Thompson was steadfast in his commitment to the CTO. His support was evident in Barbados’ kind hosting of major CTO events during his tenure – the 11th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism and the first ever Leadership Strategy Conference – and his dedication to the cause of the Caribbean’s economic prosperity through tourism.
Prime Minister Thompson was personally involved in advocating the issues of regional tourism at the highest levels overseas as well as throughout the Caribbean. We will forever cherish his guidance and leadership.
The Chairman of the CTO Council of Ministers The Hon. Ricky Skerritt, with whom Prime Minister Thomson had a personal friendship, the Ministers, Directors, management, staff and the entire CTO family extend our sincere condolences to all who mourn the loss of Prime Minister David Thompson. May he rest in peace.