Lee Teng-Hui, Hailed as ‘Father of Taiwan Democracy,’ Dies at 97

Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui attends a dinner event in Taipei in October 2019. (Kyodo)

TAIPEI (Kyodo) — Former President Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan’s first popularly elected leader who played a key role in the self-ruled island’s democratization, died on Thursday. He was 97.

Lee, who had been in a coma since Feb. 17, for some time, was pronounced dead at 7:24 p.m. at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, the hospital said, giving the cause of death as multiple organ failure.

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