FORMER S. KOREAN PRESIDENT KIM YOUNG-SAM DIES AGED 88

SEOUL  —  Former South Korean President Kim Young-sam passed away on Sunday, aged 88.

Kim, who had been hospitalized with fever since Thursday, died at 0:22 a.m. local time, according to Seoul National University Hospital.

Kim was born on Dec. 20, 1927 on Koje Island off the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. In 1992, Kim became the head of the new ruling party and was elected president, five years after his first unsuccessful presidential bid. PNA/Xinhua