A central figure in multiple Chen Shui-bian family money laundering cases, former Shin Kong Hospital Vice Superintendent Huang Fang-yen, has reportedly died in the US at the age of 74. Huang fled to the US in November 2008 after prosecutors issued a warrant for his arrest.
The forensic report from the US states the cause of death was (a self-inflected) gunshot wound. This has been confirmed. As for why -- that is still an open question.
Huang's younger brother says he last spoke to Huang a few days ago. The 25-year warrant for Huang's arrest wasn't set to expire until 2034. Huang stood accused of laundering money overseas for the Chen family and was also implicated in the related Sogo gift certificate and ownership cases. Prosecutors also believe Chen Shui-bian's wife, Wu Shu-chen, gave him hundreds of millions of NT dollar's worth of jewelry and gems for safekeeping. He was originally only a witness for the prosecution but his status was changed to defendant after he fled to the US.
We were separated for so many years across an ocean. We couldn't see him in person. So, when we heard the tragic news, we were surprised and devastated.
Chen Chih-chung, son of Chen Shui-bian, said he was overwhelmed with grief.
Chen Shui-bian also mourned Huang, who he called a "hero," on Facebook and said Huang had many contributions during SARS.
I have no comment on (Chen calling Huang a hero and a force against evil). He won't be remembered for his career in the medical industry. He will be remembered for being the Chen family's doctor.
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, a former colleague of Huang, only said he has not had any contact with Huang for many years. The agency in charge of investigating Huang was abolished in 2016 with the Taipei District Prosecutors Office taking over open cases. Prosecutors say they have yet to verify the reports of Huang's death and will revoke the indictment if they can confirm he is really dead.