Dr René Favarolo was an Argentine cardiac surgeon best known for his pioneering work on coronary artery bypass surgery.
Coming from an Italian family, he was born on July 12th 1923. He founded the nonprofit Favarolo Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery.
By the year 2000, Argentina was submerged in an economic and political crisis, and the Favaloro Foundation was US$18 million in debt.
On repeated occasions, Favaloro petitioned the Argentine government to aid the Foundation, but he never received an official response.
On July 29 of that year, Favaloro committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest.
Today Google rememrbers his birthday.