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Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father

Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23 in hospital, the government said.

Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
The Singapore national flag sits at half mast on top of Parliament House (R) in honour of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore on March 23, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23, 2015 in hospital, the government said. (/AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
A woman cries in the tribute area at Singapore General Hospital following the death of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore on March 23, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23 in hospital, the government said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
A woman wipes away tears as she pays tribute to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the entrance of Istana presidential palace in Singapore on March 23, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23, 2015 in hospital, the government said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
A woman cries as she writes a tribute with others to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the entrance of Istana presidential palace in Singapore on March 23, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23, 2015 in hospital, the government said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
A picture of elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew and messages are placed outside the Singapore General Hospital where he remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 21, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew 'has worsened', the government said, as the critically ill founding leader of the city-state entered his seventh week in hospital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
A drawing with messages and flowers are placed outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 21, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew 'has worsened', the government said, as the critically ill founding leader of the city-state entered his seventh week in hospital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
A woman prays after placing flowers and messages outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 21, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew 'has worsened', the government said, as the critically ill founding leader of the city-state entered his seventh week in hospital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
People pay their respects after placing flowers and messages outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 21, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew 'has worsened', the government said, as the critically ill founding leader of the city-state entered his seventh week in hospital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
A girl writes a well-wishing message on a board at the Tanjong Pagar community centre in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government. (AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
A candlelight and messages from well-wishers are laid outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 20, 2015. Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew entered his seventh week in hospital, where he remains 'critically ill', according to the latest government statement. (AFP/Getty Images)
Singaporeans mourn death of the founding father
Messages from well-wishers are laid outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 20, 2015. Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew entered his seventh week in hospital, where he remains 'critically ill', according to the latest government statement. (AFP/Getty Images)