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Former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan, whose iron-fisted rule of the country following a 1979 military coup sparked massive democracy protests, died on Tuesday at the age of 90, his former press aide said.

Chun had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that was in remission, and his health had deteriorated recently, his former press secretary, Min Chung-ki, told reporters. He passed away at his Seoul home early in the morning and his body was to be moved to a hospital for a funeral later in the day.

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