But as the Associated Press notes, Vaclav Havel was so much more than that.
Vaclav Havel wove theater into revolution, leading the charge to peacefully bring down communism in a regime he ridiculed as "Absurdistan" and proving the power of the people to overcome totalitarian rule.
Shy and bookish, with a wispy mustache and unkempt hair, the dissident playwright was an unlikely hero of Czechoslovakia's 1989 "Velvet Revolution" after four decades of suffocating repression — and of the epic struggle that ended the wider Cold War.The UKPA notes that the British foreign secretary has praised Havel for his humanitarian spirit. And in a short blog post, the Financial Times reminds us of the "moral" force he became in bringing political change to Czechoslovakia.
A sad day. A fine man.