My husband woke up early this morning to use the computer since we have a “no-computer policy” when we’re both home. I was still asleep but then he turned on the TV and I woke up when I heard the news that “노 전 대통룡 사망” or “Former President Noh is Dead”. I felt sad after confirming that what I heard is really what I heard. He jumped from a cliff near his house in Bongha Maeul between 6:40-6:50 this morning. He was pronounced dead three hours later.
Former President Noh has been embroiled in a bribery scandal and the first thing that came to my mind after hearing about his death is the suicide of Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong Hun six years ago. He jumped from one of the bridges in Hangang. He was also involved in a bribery scandal with the president’s brother.
Former President Noh lived quite an inspiring yet a very controversial life perfect for a Korean drama. He was a famous human rights lawyer who passed the bar exams without even attending law school. In 2004, the conservatives tried to impeach him causing one of the biggest pro-Noh candlelight rallies. Read more about his life from the Wikipedia