150th Anniversary of the death of Simon Bolivar. Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco (1783-1830) was a military and political leader. During his life time, he was involved in the independence of many northern South American nations from the Spanish Empire. Today he is considered as one of the most influential politicians in the history of the South America. He died at the relative young age of 47 from tuberculosis.