217105.3 27033767 15 02 2013

The founding father of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew who led the country for 31 years, died today at the age of 91.

According to Channel News Asia, the Prime Minister’s Office said, “The Prime Minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18am. He was 91.”

Lee Kuan Yew leaves behind 3 children; two sons, Lee Hsien Loong and Lee Hsien Yang, and a daughter named Lee Wei Ling.

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(Photo source: theonlinecitizen.com)

His son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong commented as quoted by BBC, “He fought for our independence, built a nation where there was none, and made us proud to be Singaporeans. We won’t see another man like him.”

Many politicians are saddened by the news and offered tribute to the late Singaporean Prime Minister, including President of America, Barrack Obama who described Lee as “a true giant of history”.

A week after the mourning, a state funeral will be held on 29 March 2015.

(Main photo source: vulcanpost.com)