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Wake held for Lee

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 00:45

Friends and family mourn the loss of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew at a private wake. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Family and friends attended a private wake for Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Tuesday (March 24) at the Istana, the official presidential residence, one day after the announcement of his death. The country's first prime minister died in the early hours of Monday (March 23) morning at Singapore General Hospital, where he had been admitted on February 5 suffering from pneumonia. Tuesday marked the second day of the wake during a national period of mourning which will continue until Lee's funeral on Sunday (March 29). Lee's body will lie in state at Parliament House from Wednesday (March 25) to Saturday (March 28). Lee's son Lee Hsien Loong, who is also the current Prime Minister, greeted family and friends while standing around his father's coffin decorated with orchids. His death triggered a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state's rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial centre.

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Wake held for Lee

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 00:45