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South Korea's former president Roh Tae-woo dies at 88

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South Korea's former president Roh Tae-woo dies at 88
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South Korean former president Roh Tae-woo, a decorated war veteran who played a pivotal but controversial role in the transition to democratic elections from rule by authoritarian leaders, has died, a Seoul hospital confirmed on Tuesday (October 26).
 
The 88-year-old died on Tuesday, a Seoul National University Hospital official said, without citing the cause of death.
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Roh had been in poor health since 2002 when he received surgery for prostate cancer and was repeatedly hospitalized in recent years.
 
In the space of a few decades, Roh went from military coup conspirator to South Korea's first popularly elected president, before ending his political career in ignominy with a jail sentence for treason and corruption.
 
"I now feel limitlessly shameful for being a former president," Roh told the public in a tearful televised apology in 1995 for secretly amassing a $654 million slush fund while in office.
 
 
 
REUTERS
 
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