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WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook Dies After Blood Clot Surgery
World Health Organization Director-General Lee Jong-wook in Geneva on Monday died after undergoing emergency surgery for a blood clot in his brain, Reuters reports. Lee, a native of South Korea, was 61 (Waddington, Reuters, 5/22). Lee was ill on Saturday before the annual World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva this week and was rushed to Cantonal Hospital after complaining of a severe headache, according to an official present at the time. Surgeons discovered that he had a blood clot in his brain and removed it (Altman, New York Times, 5/22). A 23-year veteran of WHO, Lee was appointed head of the agency in July 2003 for a five-year term (Yonhap English News, 5/22). He had said that global efforts to control the HIV/AIDS pandemic would define his tenure as director-general of the agency (BBC News, 5/22). Lee had headed the agency's Stop TB Partnership from December 2000 until he became the director-general of WHO (Fowler, AFP/Yahoo! News, 5/22). Anders Nordstrom of Sweden, Lee's deputy, will serve as acting head of WHO until the agency organizes elections for a new director-general, WHO officials said (Reuters, 5/22).
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