Former Guatemala rebel leader Rodrigo Asturias - better known at Gaspar Ilom - has died from a heart attack at the age of 75.

Mr. Asturias's son, Sandino, says the former guerilla commander collapsed at his home in Guatemala City, Wednesday.

Rodrigo Asturias was the son of Nobel literature laureate Miguel Angel Asturias. His nickname came from a character in one of his father's novels.

In the early 1980's, Mr. Asturias helped found a coalition of leftist rebel groups known as the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity or URNG. The group led insurgents against the military-led Guatemalan government for some 14 years, until a peace agreement was signed in 1996.

The URNG then become a political party and, in 2003, Mr. Asturias ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign.

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