"The governor of Carinthia and leader of the BZOe (
Haider, 58, was at the wheel of his official car in the south of
He suffered serious injuries to his head and chest and died shortly after the accident, APA added.
Haider, Austria's most notorious post-war politician, headed the Alliance for Austria's Future after turning the country's Freedom Party (FPOe) into a political force in the 1980s and 1990s and prompting EU sanctions against Austria in 2000.
Haider, who was born Jan. 26, 1950, was governor of Carinthia and leader of the far-right
"For us, its like the end of the world," Haider’s spokesman, Stefan Petzner, told the APA.
In 1999, Haider raked in 27 percent of the vote in national elections as leader of the Freedom Party.
The party's subsequent inclusion in the government led to months of European Union sanctions over Haider’s statements, which were seen as anti-Semitic or sympathetic to Adolf Hitlers labor policies. He had since significantly toned down his rhetoric.
Perpetually tanned, athletic and stylish, he transformed from a young firebrand to an experienced politician in the past decade, helping his young BZOe party, only founded in 2005, to its best result in general elections held last month.
Media-savvy he never stayed out of the limelight for long, offering to mediate hostage crises in North Africa with his good friend Seif al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, and forcibly removing bilingual street signs in
Haider became involved with the youth wing of the FPOe in his early 20s.
After graduating with a law degree from
His run as