Ruthless Libyan president for more than 40 years who seized power from King Idris in a bloodless coup in 1969 when he was only 27.
He attended the Royal Military Academy in Benghazi and was only a young lieutenant at the time he seized power.
He was beaten and killed by NTC rebels after a civil war broke out in 2011.
He married twice, and his second marriage was to Safia Farkash from 1970 to 2011.
He declared to the world Libya's possession of weapons of mass destruction, after Saddam Hussein was overthrown.
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