Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, passed away at the age of 91 on Monday sparking a wave of social media tributes to the man widely considered the city-state’s founding father.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, Lee passed away at 3:18 on Monday. He had been admitted to the hospital for severe pneumonia in February.
His passing comes just a few months before Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence in August.
Singaporeans express appreciation
Following news of Lee’s passing Singaporeans took to Twitter to express their condolences and share their appreciation for the former prime minister under the hashtag #RIPLKY.
We complain about the smallest things that happen here. But nothing changes the amount of work & effort put in to mould this country #RIPLKY
A morning of tears. Thank you for giving your life to your country - your resilience, faith and sacrifices will never be forgotten. #RIPLKY
Although you couldn't see SG turns 50, you will forever be in our heart & SG's history. Thank you our father #RIPLKY
Global leaders speak
Leaders around the world also took to social media to express their condolences and admiration for Singapore’s founding father.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron highlighted the decades of remarkable public service that Lee gave to Singapore from his official Twitter account.
PM: I am sad to hear of the death of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew. http://ow.ly/KEHyG
PM: He personally shaped Singapore in a way that few people have any nation. He made his country into one of the great success stories.
PM: That Singapore is today a prosperous, secure and successful country is a monument to his decades of remarkable public service.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Lee’s unique insights on governance.
I join those around the world in honoring the life of Lee Kuan Yew – he turned #Singapore into one of most dynamic countries in the world.
Deeply grateful to LKY for his unique insights on governance, SE Asia and its role in the world – some of the wisest counsel I’ve received.
- CNBC's SeeKit Tang contributed to this article