Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo, who participated in a 1979 coup before going on to win the presidency in a landmark democratic election but ended his tumultuous political career in prison, died Tuesday. He was 88.
The Seoul National University Hospital said Roh died while being treated for an illness. It gave no further details or cause of death. Roh, who ruled South Korea as president from 1988-1993, was known to have suffered many health problems, including cerebellar atrophy, for years.
Roh was a key participant in the 1979 military coup that made his army friend and coup leader Chun Doo-hwan president after their mentor, dictator Park Chung-hee, was assassinated following 18 years of rule.
Roh led his army division into Seoul and joined other military leaders for operations to seize the capital. The coup and the subsequent crackdown by the military on pro-democracy protesters in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980 are two of the darkest chapters in South Korea’s turbulent modern history.
Source : https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-10-26/former-south-korea-president-roh-tae-woo-dead184