Similar to IOTL, Khrushchev passed away of a heart attack in September of 1971. Unlike IOTL however, he was given a magnificent state funeral and full honors by the Andropov regime. He was buried in the Kremlin, memorial pieces were written in Pravda, as well as Western papers. Most famously of all, former President John F. Kennedy wrote a touching eulogy for Khrushchev which he submitted as an "editorial" of sorts to the Boston Globe. In his eulogy, Kennedy said of Khrushchev: "He opened the door and windows of a tomb-like Soviet state, petrified by Stalinism, and let in fresh ideas and the possibility of peace and progress. He was never a perfect leader, nor a faultless man. I disagreed with many of the things he did. But he was a tremendous leader, and I will always hold him as my partner on the road to a more peaceful world."