Former S. Korean President Roh Dies in Apparent Dramatic Suicide

May 23, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun, who had been under criminal investigation for corruption, died after leaping off a cliff while hiking Bonghwa Mountain with a bodyguard. Roh,  62, who was in office from 2003-2008, was at the center of a multi-million dollar corruption probe for taking bribes from a wealthy South Korean shoe manufacturer, that implicated his wife and family. He never admitted wrongdoing, but said he was sorry for disappointing people.  In a statement read live on national radio and television, Mr Roh’s former chief of staff, Moon Jae-in, said the former president had left a suicide note. Roh allegedly wrote in the suicide note found soon after his death:
“The suffering caused by me is too great to too many people,”  “The suffering in store for the future is too much to bear. The remainder of my life will only be a burden to others.”

Hospital officials said Rho had died from massive head injuries.  The apparent suicide is believed to be the first by a modern South Korean leader and has shocked the nation.


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