Tributes are being paid in Seoul to former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun who police believe took his own life on Saturday.
Mourners laid white chrysanthemums, the traditional flower of grief, outside a palace in the capital. A local news agency quoted police as saying Roh jumped from a cliff in the mountains near his home. What appears to be a suicide note was reportedly found on his computer. It read “Don’t be sorry. Don’t blame anybody. It’s fate. Please cremate me and please leave a small tombstone near home.” Roh’s reputation had recently become sullied by a corruption scandal involving his wife. He admitted that while he was in office, she had accepted a large amount of money from a wealthy businessman but that he had not known at the time. Roh’s time in office, which ended last year, was notable for closer ties and unconditional aid to North Korea.