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Samsung group Chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78

Second-generation leader transformed South Korean company into tech titan

Samsung chief Lee Kun-hee, seen here in 2010, has died at the age of 78.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee died at Samsung Medical Center in southern Seoul on Sunday, the company said. He was 78. Lee had been hospitalized for over six years following a heart attack at his home in Itaewon, central Seoul, in 2014.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics. Chairman Lee passed away on October 25 with his family, including Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, by his side," the company said in a statement.

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