Koo Chen-fu (辜振甫), Taiwan's top negotiator with China and chairman of the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), died aged 88 in Taipei early yesterday morning.
\nKoo and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Daohan (汪道涵), who together set up the first official contact between Taiwan and China in 1993, died of complications from kidney cancer, said a spokesman from the Cheng Hsin Rehabilitation Medical Center, where Koo had been treated since October.
\nKoo's heart condition worsened at around 2:30am and doctors made several attempts at resuscitation.
\n"However, doctors could not defibrillate [him] because of his fragile health. He passed away peacefully at 4:05am," medical center deputy director Fu Jene-john (符振中) said at a press conference.
\nKoo's physician, Luke Chang (張心湜), said Koo had suffered from kidney disease for 15 years. In 1997, Koo's right kidney was removed, and he underwent kidney dialysis on a regular basis after cancer was discovered in his left kidney in 2003.
\nWang, chairman of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, sent a letter of condolence to Koo's wife, Cecilia Koo (
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