Lee Kuan Yew dead; authoritarian founder of modern Singapore was 91

March 23, 2015 9:05 AM

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Lee Kuan Yew dead; authoritarian founder of modern Singapore was 91

SINGAPORE -- Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations, died early today, the government said. He was 91.

Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5 for severe pneumonia and was later put on life support.

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