Former President Lee Teng-hui died at Taipei Veterans General Hospital on July 30 at the age of 98. The hospital says Lee died of septic shock and multiple organ failure due to age, chronic illnesses and weak immunity.
First of all, I would like to announce some extremely sad news to everyone. Our beloved former President Lee Teng-hui left us at 7:24 p.m. today (July 30).
Taipei Veterans General Hospital announced the death of former President Lee Teng-hui on July 30. Lee was 98.
Former President Lee was 98 years old and had many chronic illnesses along with weak immunity. During his last hospital stay of 174 days, he had multiple infections. His death was ultimately caused by septic shock and multiple organ failure.
The hospital said it had discussions with the family about removing Lee from life support after Lee failed to respond to the strongest antibiotics available. The head of Lee's medical team said during the time Lee was unconscious, he was still able to focus on photos and videos of his great-granddaughter.
(Lee Teng-hui) was extremely weak but he could still focus his eyes on photos and videos of his great-granddaughter for a long time and follow her movements. Our entire medical team was extremely touched when we witnessed that.
The hospital said Lee's entire family was at his side when he died. President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on Facebook that this was a huge loss for the country and expressed deep grief. She also ordered the Presidential Office to help the Lee family with funeral arrangements. Presidential Secretary-General Su Jia-chyuan later convened a funeral planning meeting and said the government would respect the family's wishes for a Christian memorial service. Lee's remains were moved to the hospital chapel at 10 p.m. on the 30th. There will not be a mourning hall at the hospital but the Presidential Office will set up a memorial space at Taipei Guest House. Mourning times will be announced at a later date.