Saturday, May 23, 2009

Former Prez Roh Moo Hyun Takes Own Life

Sending thoughts and prayers to the former S. Korean president's family. Regardless of whatever scandals he was caught up in, it is a terribly sad shock to learn about his suicide. May his family overcome this tragedy.

Brief obituary from the AP:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Embattled former President Roh Moo-hyun has jumped to his death while hiking in the mountains behind his rural southern home. He was 62.

Roh was hiking in the southern village of Bongha when he threw himself off a steep cliff, lawyer Moon Jae-in told reporters in the city of Busan. In a suicide note left for his family, Roh reportedly said life was difficult and apologized for making "too many people suffer."

Roh, a self-taught former human rights lawyer, had prided himself on his clean record in a country with a long history of corruption. He served as president from 2003 to 2008.

Roh had gone for an early Saturday morning walk, accompanied by a security guard, but half way up a mountain he hurled himself off a steep cliff.

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