Cecilia Matos, the mistress of deceased former Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez, died Monday in Colombia of "kidney and respiratory problems," one of her daughters told Efe. She was 66.

"My mom died this morning. My sister and I were with her until the end," Cecilia Victoria Pérez Matos said by telephone from Bogota.

The family plans to move the body of Cecilia Matos to Miami, where she lived with Pérez for more than 10 years.

The death of Cecilia Matos comes 25 days after Perez was buried in Venezuela, following a prolonged family dispute about where his final resting place should be.

Pérez died last Christmas in Miami and his body was kept in the refrigeration unit of a funeral home for more than six months due to the ongoing family lawsuit, before it was temporarily placed in a vault by court order.

The litigation began when the widow, Blanca Rodríguez de Pérez, filed suit against Cecilia Matos to keep her late husband from being buried in the United States.

Cecilia Matos and her daughters were opposed, arguing that the ex-president said he would return to Venezuela only when President Hugo Chávez were no longer in power.

But Blanca Rodríguez, who remained Pérez's legal spouse, said that the ex-president expressed a wish to be buried in Venezuela.

The two families reached an agreement on Aug. 17 after a process of mediation and decided that Pérez would finally be buried in his country of origin.

Pérez and Matos had two daughters, Cecilia Victoria and Maria Francia Pérez Matos.

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