The first and longest-serving prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, has died in the wee hours of Monday, March 23, 2015 at the age of 91.
He died at the Singapore General hospital after battling with severe pneumonia for which he was admitted in the hospital since Sunday, February 15 , 2015.
The development was made known by through in a statement by the son of the former prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong.
The statement was also shared via the prime minister’s official Twitter account.
It read, “Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18 am.”
PM Lee is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, founding Prime Minister of Singapore. pic.twitter.com/wr0te0xMvK
— Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong) March 22, 2015
Last week, the prime minister’s office released a statement which disclosed that his condition got more critical “due to an infection.”
Before his death, the elderly statesman who was a prime minister from 1965 to 1990, was reckoned as the founding father of modern Singapore because he laboured so hard for the nation.
His wife of 60 years, Kwa Geok Choo, died five years ago.
Yew left behind his children including Prime Minister Lee, Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling.