Stig Malm is dead, the family tells Aftonbladet.

The former LO base was 79 years old.

- He passed away late last Friday night in the suites of covid-19, says daughter Helene Zimmerman to the newspaper.

Stig Malm was born in 1942 in Sundbyberg outside Stockholm and was a trained instrument maker.

After joining a trade union in the then Metal Industry Workers' Union, he became chairman of LO between 1983–1993.

Malm was known for his outspokenness and coined several expressions - not without controversy.

Young stockbrokers were called "finance puppies", the Social Democratic Women's Union for the "pussy voice" and Social Democrat members of parliament for "scalded rats".

He resigned as chairman of LO when it was discovered that he had granted a high parachute to the construction company BPA's then CEO.

Later he became a municipal politician in Solna

He also appeared in the SVT program On the Track.

For 17 years he also sat on SVT's Gomorron's News Panel.

The text is updated