GUATEMALA CITY: Former Guatemalan President Alvaro Arzu, who signed the 1996 peace accord ending the country’s civil war and later became mayor of the capital, died Friday. He was 72.

Arzu was playing golf with friends when he had a heart attack, Guatemala City officials told local media. He was taken to a medical center, but did not survive.

“Guatemala has lost a great man who dedicated his life to service. Statesman, leader and true friend,” President Jimmy Morales, who counted Arzu as an ally, said via Twitter.

Arzu was one of the country’s most influential politicians and was elected mayor of Guatemala City five times, a position he held at the time of his death. Arzu’s son is the president of Congress.

Last year, prosecutors accused Arzu of campaign finance violations, but he was immune from prosecution while holding elected office as mayor.