The University of the West Indies has offered condolences to the family of former president George Maxwell Richards.
Richards was the principal of the university's St Augustine Campus before becoming president.
The following is UWI's statement on his passing;
"The University of the West Indies mourns the passing of the 4th President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Professor George Maxwell Richards, a scholar, a colleague, and Principal of the St. Augustine Campus from 1985 to 1996.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has paid tribute to former president George Maxwell Richards who passed on Monday night.
Persad-Bissessar called him a statesman and true son of the soil.
The following is a statement by the Opposition Leader;
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this country’s fourth President, Professor George Maxwell Richards, TC, CM.
I remember him as honourable, patriotic and noble, and he served Trinidad and Tobago with distinction in his role as Head of State.
News that the family of former president George Maxwell Richards has accepted to offer of a state funeral to be conducted in his honour.
Richards, who served as the country’s fourth president from 2003 to 2013, was admitted to the Westshore Medical Private Hospital after noon yesterday.
There, doctors discovered that that 86-year-old Richards, had an unusual heartbeat.
Richards who died around 7.43 p.m was said to be responsive and in high spirits before before his passing.
The Ministry of National Security has issued an advisory that the national flag should be flown at half-mast in recognition of the passing of former president George Maxwell Richards.
The Ministry issued the following statement last evening;
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has offered condolences on the passing of former President George Maxwell Richards, saying Trinidad and Tobago has lost a much-loved son of the soil.
Maxwell-Richards passed Monday night from a heart attack.
The following is the prime minister's statement;
"It is with great sadness that I received news this evening of the passing of former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Professor George Maxwell Richards TC, CM.
The Parliament has confirmed that one nominee, Paula Mae-Weekes will face the Electoral College on Friday for the post of President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, after both members of the Government and the Opposition agreed to Justice Paula-Mae Weekes.
Fourteen members of the Government and Opposition signed the nomination paper.
The following is a statement by the Parliament;
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has announced that the Opposition will support the Government's nominee of Paula-Mae Weekes for the post of President of the Republic.
It means Paula-Mae Weekes will be elected unopposed as the next President of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Opposition Leader says part of her support for Weekes is due to the fact that she will become the first female president of the country.