Taiwan Cement chairman Leslie Koo passed away at age 63, after sustaining severe head injuries from falling down a staircase while attending a wedding at the Regent Hotel last Saturday, sending him into a coma that he never awakened from. The Presidential Office sent its condolences, saying that this was a loss to Taiwan's industry. In the wake of Koo's passing, the Taiwan Cement group, of which he was chairman, has formed a committee to decide on his funeral arrangements. It has also convened a board meeting in which Koo's brother-in-law Chang An-ping was named as his successor to the chairmanships of Taiwan Cement, Taiwan Prosperity Chemical, and China Synthetic Rubber.
==LESLIE CHENG-YUN KOO Late Taiwan Cement Chair, Nov. 10, 2014==
These are the responsibilities of the CNFI, so we are particularly concerned.
Leslie Cheng-yun Koo was a widely renowned business leader who participated in free trade talks on behalf of Taiwan's industry. But on the 21st, while attending a wedding at the Regent Hotel, Koo suffered severe head injuries after taking a false step on a staircase. Plunged into a coma, he was hospitalized in intensive care at Cheng Hsin General Hospital. Unfortunately, he never woke from the coma and was declared dead at age 63 early Monday morning.
==CHANG AN-PING Koo's brother-in-law==
He took very good care of all of our employees. He was very considerate. It will be hard to find a better chairman than he was.
The Taiwan Cement group has now lost its leader. In a board meeting, the group designated Koo's brother-in-law Chang An-ping as the new chair of Taiwan Cement, Taiwan Prosperity Chemical, and China Synthetic Rubber. The Presidential Office sent its condolences, saying that this is a great loss for Taiwan's industry, while Koo's friends expressed shock and grief.
==LIN HUO-WANG NTU Professor==
He was gone just like that. Life is just completely unpredictable. He knew that what we were doing is good for the next generation, so he was always glad to help us.
==TIEN HUNG-MAO Straits Exchange Foundation Chair==
Mr. Koo was a very kind-hearted, very responsible, very hardworking businessman.
In the eyes of his friends, Koo was an idealistic businessman who was enthusiastic about giving back to society. Part of the third generation of the Koo family's business empire, he took over Taiwan Cement in 1991 after the death of his brother. He took a proactive and innovative approach to managing the company, leading Taiwan Cement in expanding its business westward. However, in 2004, Koo became embroiled in former president Chen Shui-bian's Longtan development scandal. He became the first corporate leader to admit to bribing the Chen family to the special investigation division.
==LESLIE CHENG-YUN KOO Late Taiwan Cement Chair, Nov. 4, 2008==
Koo Chung-liang told me that he had agreed with the Tsai brothers that, to arrange this matter, we would pay a fee of NT$400 million.
Koo escaped prosecution by cooperating with the investigation and handing over NT$100 million in illegal earnings. He then focused on his business, raising Taiwan Cement to profitability from NT$30 billion of debt. And yet, one fall was all it took to end his own life.
TRANSLATED BY：JOHN CHEN
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==2008.11.4 已故台泥董事長 辜成允==