Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

Monday, 23 March 2015 - 7:21

Lee Kuan Yew, who was Singapore’s first Prime Minister when the country gained Independence in 1965, has died this morning, at the age of 91.

Arrangements for the public to pay respects and for the funeral proceedings will be announced later.

Lee, who was born in 1923, formed the People’s Action Party in 1954, then became Prime Minister in 1959.

He led the nation through a merger with the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, as well as into Independence in 1965.

He leaves behind two sons – Lee Hsien Loong and Lee Hsien Yang – and a daughter, Lee Wei Ling.