Erich Honecker was the second to last leader of East Germany from 1976 taking over from Willi Stoph up to the weeks preceeding the fall of the Berlin Wall the barrier which he had ordered the construction of. For eighteen years he ruled East Germany whilst keeping it's inhabitants trapped inside East Germany until he was forced to resign. After German Reunification he and his family fled to Chile until he was extradited only to be allowed to be sent back to Chile due to poor health. After he was sent back he finally settled down in Chile until his death on 29 May 1994 at the age of 81. The character Erich is named after him.