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[Korea News Photo] Roh Moo-hyun Dies
South Korea's 16th president commits suicide amid corruption scandal
Todd Thacker (todd)     Print Article 
Published 2009-05-23 14:26 (KST)   
You can find more photos of a Roh memorial gathering in Seoul here. The article is in Korean.  <Editor's Note>
Stunned South Koreans watch live coverage of Roh Moo-hyun's death on a television at Seoul's main railway station, May 23.
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In the early hours of Saturday morning, former president of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, fell to his death from a mountain cliff near his home in Gimhae, in the south of the country.

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Roh, 62, had gone for a hike after having left a short note for his family. An aide to the former president has said that Roh committed suicide.

Roh was South Korea's 16th president and came to power in 2003 on a campaign of clean politics. However, in recent weeks Roh and his family have been in the spotlight amid allegations of corruption, including bribes totally $6 million from businessmen while president.

On his Web site last month, the president apologied to South Koreans, saying in part: "I no longer symbolize the values that you pursue." And in a televised press conference, Roh admitted he had disappointed the nation.

"You should discard me," Roh wrote in his last posting to his Web site.

Part of Roh's suicide note reads: "The rest of my life may be a burden to others. Because I am not healthy, I cannot do anything. I cannot read books, cannot write. Don't be sad."


Roh was brought to Pusan National University Hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning. He died of his injuries from a fall from a mountain near his home in Gimhae, in the south of the country.
©2009 OhmyNews Yoo S.H.
Roh Moo-hyun's Gimhae compound. The former president retired to the countryside and was recently embroiled in a corruption scandal that ultimately led to his suicide, May 23.
©2009 OhmyNews Yoo S.H.
A view of the cliff behind Roh's home from which he fell.
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