Islam Karimov's death was revealed by the Turkish prime minister on Friday, hours after the Uzbek government acknowledged Karimov was seriously ill.
Gods don't foresee their own demise, so the death of Islam Karimov has left a power vacuum with a range of colourful candidates.
Pleasing visiting dignitaries is one thing, but undoing weeks of back-breaking work after a harvest that is regularly criticized for using forced labor is something else entirely.
Uzbekistan is a key ally to the US and the EU in Central Asia. A new report by Amnesty International claims that this is why the West is not acting on torture carried out by the country's ruling regime.