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Former S. Korean president, Roh Tae-woo, passes away at 88 due to multiple illnesses Updated: 2021-10-26 17:03:47 KST

We begin with the passing of a former president of South Korea Roh Tae-woo.
As South Korea's 13th President, he participated in a 1979 coup before going on to win the presidency in a landmark democratic election but ended his tumultuous politic career in prison.
He passed away today at the age of 88.
We have our Kim Do-yeon standing by at the hospital where Roh died to give us the latest.
Do-yeon, what can you tell us?

Conn-young I'm at Seoul National University Hospital where, like you said, former President Roh Tae-woo passed away earlier today.
According to the hospital, Roh died at 1-46 PM in the emergency care center.
His doctor said that Roh had been in poor health and was undergoing treatment for a number of illnesses.
Let's take a listen.

"The deceased was admitted to Seoul National University Hospital several times due to repeated pneumonia and cellulitis while struggling with multi-system atrophy, and continued treatment for deep vein thrombosis."

Recently, a team from this hospital was sent to his home to provide treatment.
He had hypoxia and low blood pressure starting yesterday and was admitted to the emergency room at 12:45 PM.
About an hour later, he was pronounced dead
The doctor also said he can't reveal the specifics on his conditions, but he had been seriously ill for a while.

Do-yeon, do we know anything about the funeral procedures yet?
Considering he's a former president, the nation may expect a state funeral.

Conn-young, first the funeral home within the hospital said they will start allowing guests in to pay their respects tomorrow at 10 AM.
As for the state funeral that's still unknown.
That would be something to be decided during a cabinet meeting and legally speaking, he would not qualify for a state funeral as a former president, considering he was sentenced to 17 years in prison for taking part in the coup that led to the authoritarian regime of Chun Doo-hwan on top of other crimes such as corruption.
But he was pardoned by his successor, Kim Young-sam so the nation is still awaiting a final decision.
And with this also comes the question regarding his burial.
Former presidents are laid to rest at the national cemetery, but due to his criminal records he may not be treated in the same fashion.
But, again, we'll have more details on this when we have it.

Now, there have also been reports from the foreign press about his passing.
He is someone that may have helped South Korea come into the international spotlight.

That's right Conn-young, there have been reports from foreign media paying attention to his death while describing his presidential election as a "landmark democratic election."
The New York Times called it a mixed legacy as well considering his successful admissions to the United Nations as a member state as well as hosting the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Bloomberg also noted the economic boom that came during his presidency as South Korea's GDP almost doubled during his term.
However, as I have mentioned before, his crimes will not be forgotten by many South Koreans, so the nation waits to see how the cabinet will decide on his funeral proceedings.
Back to you, Conn-young.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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