Lee Kuan Yew


Age: 91

Summary: longest-serving prime minister of Singapore considered as the founder of modern Singapore who was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nation, who guided Singapore through a traumatic split with Malaysia in 1965 and helped to transform what was then a sleepy port city into a global trade and finance center, but who stepped aside and handed over leadership of the ruling party (and the country) to a younger generation in 1990 even though he could have remained in office for much longer, and who had remained an influential behind-the-scenes figure for many more years until his health deteriorated.

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Born: September 16, 1923

Died: March 23, 2015

Outram, Singapore