THE DEATH of former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, who lead Spain to democracy after the dictatorship of Franco, is imminent, his son announced today.

Adolfo Suarez Illana, the son of the 81-year-old ex-PM, said in a press conference that his father’s death could come at any time, and that it is unlikely he will survive beyond the next 48 hours.

After being admitted to the Cemtro Clinic in Madrid on Monday for a respiratory infection, Suarez’s health has deteriorated rapidly due to the complication of a neurodegenerative condition.

“The end is imminent,” said Suarez Illana, his son, today.

“But his mischevious look has lasted until the end. In these last days he has made us smile more often than in recent years.”

Suarez Illana spoke to the King and the current Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy this morning, to inform them of his father’s condition.