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Statement regarding Dr LEE Jong-wook

Director-General, World Health Organization


22 May 2006

Dr LEE Jong-wook, Director-General of the World Health Organization, has died.

He had been in hospital since Saturday afternoon, where he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain (a subdural hematoma). He remained in intensive care. At 0743 this morning, he was declared dead.

All of the staff of the World Health Organization extend their most sincere condolences to Dr Lee's family.

The sudden loss of our leader, colleague and friend, is devastating.

Dr Lee led WHO to continue its mission to help people attain the highest possible level of health.

He was 61 years old. He is survived by his wife and son, two brothers and a sister and their families.

Condolences can be sent to DrLee-tribute@who.int

Background

Dr Lee, a national of the Republic of Korea, had been Director-General of the World Health Organization since 21 July, 2003. He had worked for WHO for 23 years, at country and regional levels, and at WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

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For more information contact:

Christine McNab
Communications Officer
Director-General's office
Telephone: +41 79 254 6815
E-mail: mcnabc@who.int

Iain Simpson
Communications Officer
Director-General's office
Telephone: +41 79 475 5534
E-mail: simpsoni@who.int

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