Ex-Kosovo PM dies in Istanbul hospital

 Ex-Kosovo PM dies in Istanbul hospital

Kosovo's former prime minister and interior minister, Bajram Rexhepi, has died in a hospital in Turkey following a stroke. He was 63.

Kosovo's current Prime Minister Isa Mustafa said in a statement that Rexhepi passed away in the early hours Monday following months of battling a grave illness. He was taken to Turkey after a stroke in April, ABC news reported.

Rexhepi was among the independence fighters in the 1998-99 war and afterwards was deputy leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, or PDK, created from former independence fighters.