Former President SR Nathan Passes Away

Former Singapore President S R Nathan died on Monday (Aug 22), three weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 92 at the time of death.

The Prime Ministers Office said in a statement: "The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues are sad to learn of the passing of Mr S R Nathan and would like to convey their condolences to his family. The late Mr Nathan passed away peacefully at Singapore General Hospital on Monday at 9.48pm."

There will be a state funeral service at 4pm on Friday for late Mr SR Nathan at the University Cultural Centre in NUS.

Mr Nathan's body will lie in state at the Parliament House from 10am on Thursday to 12pm on Friday, and members of the public who wish to pay their last respects can do so from 10am to 8pm on Thursday.

There will also be condolence boards at the Istana from 6am on Tuesday for those who wish to pen tributes to the late President.  

The current President Tony Tan Keng Yam said  "As President of Singapore, Mr Nathan championed social causes by initiating the President's Challenge in 2000. The President's Challenge gained much support from the community and raised over $100 million for more than 500 beneficiaries during Mr Nathan's two terms of office," he wrote on Facebook.

Current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had this to say  "I have known Mr Nathan for 40 years, since I was a young officer in SAF. I remember him as a man guided by a deep sense of duty to the nation. He stepped up each time duty called. He was a true son of Singapore," Mr Lee said.

Mr Nathan officially stepped down on Aug 31, 2011 after announcing that he would not seek a third term in office, and was succeeded by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

He leaves his wife, daughter, son and three grandchildren. 

We are deeply sadden by his passing. Our condolences to his family.


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