Roh Moo-hyun (August 6, 1946 – May 23, 2009) was the 16th President of South Korea. He held the position from 25 February 2003 to 25 February 2008. Before entering politics, he was a human rights lawyer.
Death of Roh Moo-Hyun
Roh Moo-Hyun died on 23 May 2009 after jumping from a 30-meter (100 ft) high cliff. He sustained serious head injuries and was sent to a hospital in the nearby city of Busan at around 8:15 a.m. and pronounced dead at around 9:30 a.m. According to his lawyer, Roh left a suicide note saying life was "difficult" and apologized for making "too many people suffer."
The South Korean police later confirmed Roh’s suicide. Current President Lee Myung-bak stated that "the news was truly unbelievable and deeply sad." The corruption cases were said by Justice Minister Kim Kyung-han to have been formally dropped.