Lee Ying-yuan Dies at Age 68 前駐泰代表李應元昨病逝 享壽68歲

Career politician Lee Ying-yuan died at the age of 68 on Nov. 11. President Tsai Ing-wen made the announcement and offered her condolences on Facebook.

Lee Ying-yuan died at National Taiwan University Hospital on Nov. 11. He was 68. President Tsai Ing-wen announced Lee's death on Facebook, saying his warmth and passion left all of his friends with a deep impression. She also thanked Lee for dedicating his life to Taiwan.

Lee Ying-yuan (June 30, 2008), Former Yunlin County Magistrate: “I'm from Yunlin so I was always going to come home. I will work hard to build up local infrastructure.”

Lee's political career spanned 30 years despite being blacklisted and imprisoned for supporting Taiwan independence when he was a student. In 1995, he won a legislative seat. In 2000, he was appointed deputy representative to the US by then-President Chen Shui-bian. Lee unsuccessfully ran for Taipei City mayor in 2002 and then lost the party primary for Yunlin County magistrate in 2013. When the Democratic Progressive Party returned to power in 2016, Lee was given the post of environmental protection administration minister. In 2018, Lee resigned following the DPP's major defeat in the local elections.

Lee Ying-yuan (Nov. 5, 2018), Former Environmental Protection Administration Minister: “Everyone moves forward a step at a time. It's been almost 30 years. Everyone has had a generation to make adjustments.”

Lee was appointed Taipei's representative to Thailand in June 2020 but resigned the following May after an E. coli infection. His death was due to his cancer metastasizing.