2010/10/02

Wife of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew dies at 89: government - Obit

SINGAPORE, October  2, 2010 (AFP) - The wife of Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, and mother of the city-state's current prime minister died Saturday at the age of 89, a government press statement said.

"Mrs Lee Kuan Yew, age 89, passed away peacefully at home today at 5.40 pm," the statement said.

Kwa Geok Choo, who had been bedridden after suffering a stroke in 2008, is also the mother of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister, is now an adviser to his son's government, with the title minister mentor.

In an interview with The New York Times last month, the elder Lee said that his wife, like him a lawyer by training, had been "inert in bed" for the past two years but was still cognitive.

"She understands when I talk to her, which I do every night. She keeps awake for me, I tell her about my day's work, read her favourite poems," the elder Lee told the US newspaper.