Kim Jong-pil, the founder of South Korea’s spy agency and two-time prime minister, has died, reports Associated Press.
He was ninety-two.
Kim was declared dead on arrival at Seoul’s Soonchunhyang University Hospital from his home Saturday, according to hospital officials.
They described the cause of death as age-related complications.
A retired lieutenant colonel, Mr. Kim was a key member of a 1961 coup that put army Major General Park Chung-hee in power until his 1979 assassination.
General Park was the father of Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s first female president who was ousted from office last year over an explosive corruption scandal and is now serving a twenty-four-year prison term.
South Korea’s presidential office released a statement saying Mr. Kim’s “fingerprints and footprints that marked the country’s modern political history will not be easily erased.”
After General Park seized power, Mr. Kim created and headed the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, a predecessor of the current National Intelligence Service, before serving as his prime minister, the country’s No. 2 post, from 1971-1975.