Lee Teng-hui Death – Dead: Ex President Lee Teng-hui Obituary, Cause of Death

Lee Teng-hui Death

Lee Teng-hui Death – Dead: Ex President Lee Teng-hui Obituary, Cause of Death

We are deeply saddened to learn that former President Lee Teng-hui has passed away today. During the most turbulent time, he managed to bring democracy to Taiwan. His courage, wisdom, and perseverance will live with us forever.

Lee Teng-hui (15 January 1923 – 30 July 2020) was a Taiwanese statesman who was the fourth president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) under the 1947 Constitution and chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) from 1988 to 2000. He was the first president of the Republic of China to be born in Taiwan and the first to be directly elected. During his presidency, Lee oversaw the end of martial law, full democratization of the ROC, advocated the Taiwanese localization movement, and led an ambitious foreign policy to gain allies around the world.

Lee had been hospitalized since early February after choking on a glass of milk. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and had been intubated since then before the hospital confirmed his death at 7:24 p.m. Thursday.

After leaving office Lee was expelled from the KMT for his role in founding the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), which forms part of the Pan-Green Coalition alongside Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party. Lee was considered the “spiritual leader” of the TSU, and recruited for the party in the past. Lee was outspoken in support for Taiwanese Independence from China. Living until the age of 97 years, 197 days, at the time of his death he was the oldest living Taiwanese President and second longest living President of the Republic of China after Wellington Koo who lived to 97 years, 289 days.

Shortly after stepping down from the presidency in 2000, Lee had coronary artery bypass surgery. In late 2011, Lee underwent surgery to remove stage II colon adenocarcinoma, the most common form of colon cancer. Two years later, he had a stent implanted in his vertebral artery following an occlusion. Lee was sent to Taipei Veterans General Hospital in November 2015 after experiencing numbness in his right hand, and later diagnosed with a minor stroke.On 29 November 2018, he was rushed to Taipei Veterans General Hospital after falling and hitting his head. He was discharged from hospital on 31 January 2019, and President Tsai Ing-wen later visited him at his home.

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