Former S. Korean President Dies

The only full time English TV channel that I have is CNN, usually broadcasting from Hong Kong or Tokyo, but they do show a few American programs such as Anderson Cooper and Larry King.  First thing on when I woke up this morning was Larry King, however, Ryan Seacrest was filling in for him.  He’s interviewing the top American Idol participants, which immediately sends me to the remote so I can change the channel.  I can’t stand anything about that show and avoid it like the color coordinated smelly piles of trash bags that accumulate on the street corners of Seoul.

But as soon as it starts, CNN interupts with Breaking News.  About an hour ago, former S. Korean President Roh Moo-hyun was found dead.   He was hiking in the southern part of the country, I think behind his house, and suffered a head injury.  It’s reported that he fell down the mountain, but because of some bribery scandal allegations there is speculation that it may be foul play or even self administered.  He allegedly took $6 million from Korean businessmen while in office and has publicly voiced how ashamed he is of these allegations, apparently even canceling his blog.  He was in office from 2003 – 2008 and was the youngest S. Korean President.


In related news, I’m actually off right now to hike Mt. Umyeonsan


So yeah, he jumped off of a cliff known as Owl’s Rock and killed himself.

From the suicide note:

“What’s left for me for the rest of my life is just to be a burden to others.  Don’t be saddened too much.  Aren’t life and death all a fragment of nature?  Don’t feel sorry.  Don’t blame anybody.  It’s destiny”

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~ by ripcitytoseoul on May 23, 2009.

One Response to “Former S. Korean President Dies”

  1. History unfolding right before your eyes.

    It’s interesting to see how different cultures view suicide. Saying that it’s just a part (or, fragment) of nature is counter to what many of us Westerners would think about the subject, not to say that either view is the correct one. Anyways, wow.

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