The revolutionary and politician served as leader of Libya from September 1, 1969, to October 20, 2011.
Gaddafi, who was criticized by some for ruling with an iron fist and being dictator was also equally loved by others, arguing that his leadership brought a lot of socio-economic reforms to the country.
Hours before he was rounded up by rebels at his hideout and subsequently killed, Gaddafi sent an emotional farewell message to his family.
Here’s a transcript of what he told them:
“I am your father, Hana. I am your father, Hana.
I’m your father, Aisha. I’m your father, Aisha.
I leave you pride and not shame. Death is better than shame, fire is better than shame.
Tonight I will break into the siege of Sirte and I may be martyred in this operation.
So don’t be sad or cry. Rejoice, O Hana, rejoice, O Aisha, rejoice, O Safia.
I am martyred in a battled where I face 40 unjust countries…”
Listen to the recording below:
The last audio recording of the leader Muammar Gaddafi, who addressed to his family ,a few hours before he was martyred pic.twitter.com/DaA89ALg3x
— Libya | ليبيا (@Libya_En) October 20, 2018
Here’s also another audio recording of his first speech after the revolution in 1969:
The first speech of the revolution by the leader of the revolution Muammar Gaddafi, on the radio station of the city of Benghazi on the morning of September 1, 1969 pic.twitter.com/CWn0dqhcuE
— Libya | ليبيا (@Libya_En) September 1, 2018