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Former president SR Nathan dies at 92

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FORMER president SR Nathan died on Monday night at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

FORMER president SR Nathan died on Monday night at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement: "The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues are sad to learn of the passing of Mr SR Nathan and would like to convey their condolences to his family.

"The late Mr Nathan passed away peacefully at the SGH on Monday at 9.48pm. He was 92."

The arrangements for the public to pay respects and for the funeral will be announced later, it added.

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Mr Nathan had suffered a stroke on July 31 and had since been warded at SGH.

The longest-serving president in Singapore, Mr Nathan had completed two six-year terms from 1999 to 2011.

Before becoming president, he held key positions in the civil service, in security, intelligence and foreign affairs. In 1988, he was appointed Singapore's high commissioner to Malaysia and from 1990 to 1996 he was Singapore's ambassador to the US. Mr Nathan has also served Singapore as a social worker and trade union activist.

Mr Nathan leaves behind his wife, former teacher Urmila Nandey, two children - a son and a daughter - and three grandchildren.

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