Ex-South Korean president 'dies'
Roh Moo-hyun reportedly dies after falling while climbing a mountain.
Last Modified: 23 May 2009 17:23 GMT
Roh was being investigated over
corruption charges [AFP]

Roh Moo-hyun, the former president of South Korea, has died after a fall while climbing a mountain with an aide, according to a local news report.

The Yonhap news agency said on Saturday that Roh had died due to head injuries after being taken to a hospital in Bhsan, from his hometown of Gimhe in the east, citing a police source.

The news agency said that police were looking into the death and whether Roh had committed suicide.

The former president has been under investigation over graft charges, being accused of taking more than $6mn from a businessman while in office.

One of the charges concerned a $1mn payment to his wife and another of $5mn to the husband of one of Rho's nieces, both from a rich shoemaker.

Roh, 62, was president of South korea from 2003 to 2008.

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