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Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at hospital on Sunday at age 78 Updated: 2020-10-25 12:12:18 KST

Our top story this evening the death of Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of South Korea's biggest conglomerate, Samsung Group.
At the age of 78, he died this morning reportedly with his family by his side.
With more, our Kim Jae-hee is at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul.
Jae-hee?
Devin, I'm standing in front of the Samsung Medical Center in Gangnam-gu District, where Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee died this morning, at the age of 78.
The hospital has been packed with reporters all day, waiting for any updates regarding his funeral.
Lee's death was announced by Samsung in statement shortly before 10 this morning.
Lee reportedly died with his family members by his side, including his son the de facto company leader Lee Jae-yong.
Samsung says Lee's funeral will be small, in keeping with the wishes of the late Lee Kun-hee and his family.
It'll be limited to fewer than 50 people as a precaution amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lee's son Lee Jae-yong was seen entering the hospital about an hour ago.
The presidents of Samsung's affiliates are expected to come to pay their respects from 10 AM tomorrow.
Floral tributes were also seen today, but most are reportedly being returned at the family's request.
The funeral is likely to be four days long, ending with Lee's burial on Wednesday.
Jae-hee, Lee Kun-hee spent the last six year in the hospital. Tell us about that, and how is the world reacting to the news of his death?
Yes, Devin, the late Lee Kun-hee had been hospitalized in May 2014 when he had a heart attack.
He'd battled health problems before then, too, including lung cancer from the late 1990s to early 2000.
His son, Lee Jae-yong, has been the de facto leader of Samsung since his father's hospitalization more than 6 years ago.
Politicians have been expressing their condolences today Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun sending a floral tribute, and President Moon Jae-in also said he would send flowers and a condolence message to the family.
Global media outlets were also quick to report the news of Lee's death.
AP said Lee transformed a small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics.
The New York Times said that Lee had been Samsung's big thinker and the provider of grand strategic direction.
That's all I have at this hour, back to you, Devin.
Reporter : jhee@arirang.com
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