Prime Minister Of Ethiopia Dies Of "Sudden Infection" In Brussels
Since taking power in 1991, Meles had become something of a controversial leader. He managed to turn his country into one of Africa's more thriving economies, but some say he did so at the expense of his people's human rights.
Meles' deputy, Hailemariam Desalegn, will act as prime minister until elections in 2015.
State television reported his body will be flown to Addis Ababa later today.
The country has entered a period of mourning until his funeral, but no date has been set.
According to BBC's James Copnall, "Now the attention will switch to whether Mr. Meles built a strong enough system to outlast him."