Jalal Talabani Fast Facts

Iraq's President's Jalal Talabani attends the 11th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit in Istanbul on December 23, 2010.

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Birth date: November 12, 1933
Death date: October 3, 2017
Birth place: Kelkan, Iraq
    Marriage: Hero Ibrahim Ahmed
      Children: Qubad and Bafel
      Education: Baghdad University, law degree, 1959
      Religion: Sunni Muslim
      1947 - At age 14, joins the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP).
      1951 - Member of the KDP's Central Committee.
      June 1975 - Leaves the KDP to found the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), an organization that promotes independence for the Kurdish people.
      1975-2017 - Secretary General of the PUK.
      1976 - Is involved in armed resistance against the government of Saddam Hussein.
      1998 - Talabani and rival Kurdish Democratic Party leader Massoud Barzani sign a peace agreement that provides for the joint governing of their respective areas of Kurdistan.
      November 1-30, 2003 - President of Iraq's Governing Council. This position rotates monthly and nine of the 25 ICG members take turns filling the spot.
      January 30, 2005 - One of approximately 7,700 candidates in Iraq's first free elections in more than 50 years.
      April 6, 2005 - Is elected president of Iraq by the new transitional national assembly, and is sworn in the next day.
      April 22, 2006 - Wins a second term as president as part of an interim Iraqi government.
      November 27-29, 2006 - Meets with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and announces that a security agreement between Iraq and Iran has been reached.
      February 25-March 14, 2007 - Falls ill and is flown from Iraq to Jordan for treatment, reportedly suffering from severe exhaustion and lung inflammation.
      May 20-June 2, 2007 - Travels to the United States for unspecified medical treatments.
      March 7-8, 2008 - Visits Turkey, his first visit as head of state.
      November 2010 - Is re-elected president by the new Iraqi parliament.
      December 1, 2011 - Marking the end of the US military presence in Iraq, Talabani confers upon coalition officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, the "shield of commitment" medal.
      January 19, 2012 - Has spinal surgery in Germany.
      December 2012 - Suffers a stroke.
      July 19, 2014 - Talabani returns to Iraq after 18 months of treatment in Germany.
        July 24, 2014 - Iraqi lawmakers elect Fouad Massoum to succeed Talabani as president.
        October 3, 2017 - Dies at age 83 after years of illness following his 2012 stroke.