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Taiwan president's mother passes away
Publication Date : 03-05-2014
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's mother, Chin Hou-hsiu, passed away yesterday after succumbing to lung cancer, doctors said. She was 93.
The president did not make any public statement concerning his mother's death, but the Taipei Municipal Wangfang Hospital said Ma and his siblings were at their mother's bedside when she died at 6:16pm.
The family decided against holding a public funeral for Chin, the hospital said.
Pai Kuan-jen, deputy chief of the hospital, said that Chin died of complications arising from lung cancer but declined to reveal further details, citing patient privacy.
Chin, who seldom made public appearances, is survived by Ma — her only son — and four daughters.
Chin was born in Hunan Province, China in 1922. She met Ma Ho-ling — her future husband and the president's father — when they were studying in the same university in Chongqing, China, during World War II. They married in 1944.
The president's father passed away in 2005.
Chin, according to reports, was admitted to Wangfang Hospital in early April and that the president visited her every night.