Former South Korean President Kim Young-sam, who formally ended decades of military rule and accepted a massive international bailout during the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, died Sunday. He was 87.
The chief of Seoul National University Hospital, Oh Byung-Hee, told a televised briefing that Kim died there early Sunday. He said Kim was thought to have suffered from a severe blood infection and acute heart failure before he died.
Kim was taken to the hospital Thursday with a high fever, Oh said. In recent years, Kim had been treated at the hospital for a stroke, angina and pneumonia.
Kim was an important figure in South Korea’s...