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Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, man who built global tech giant dies at 78 Updated: 2020-10-27 06:03:57 KST

A memorial for the late Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee was held on Monday at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul's Gangnam-gu District. Visitors are coming to pay their respects to the man who made Samsung a global household name.

The heads of Samsung's affiliates and figures in financial circles came to pay their respects. Many politicians have also visited to express their condolences.

"I am very sad that an honorable man has passed away. Lee implanted the spirit of being number one into every aspect of the business world. He has always treated me warmly."

"The late chairman Lee Kun-hee has upgraded the status of South Korean businesses, including the semiconductor sector, and contributed to creating jobs. I pay him respect and thank him."

President Moon Jae-in sent a floral tribute and a message of condolence to Lee's family and the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris visited and paid his respects.
The International Olympic Committee on Sunday also expressed its condolences, as Lee was a significant figure in South Korean sports and served as an IOC member for more than a decade.

As per the wishes of Lee and his family, the funeral is small in scale.
And visits from others have been respectfully declined amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
All mourners are required to wear masks, electronically check-in, and get their temperatures checked before entering the alter.
An online memorial has been set up at Samsung's internal system for employees to mourn Lee's death.
Lee's body was placed in a coffin on Monday morning at around 9 AM in a Won-Buddhist style as Lee and his family are followers of the religion.
The funeral is expected to run for four days, ending with Lee's burial on Wednesday.
His burial site will reportedly be in Yongin, south of Seoul, where his ancestors are located.
Eum Ji-young Arirang news.
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