TOKYO, May 23 — Former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun, a suspect in a corruption scandal that implicated his wife and family, apparently committed suicide Saturday by leaping from a mountain cliff near his rural home.
Roh, 62, died of head injuries while hiking in the early morning with a bodyguard. “He appears to have jumped from a mountain rock,” said Moon Jae-in, a lawyer who was Roh’s presidential chief of staff.
“The suffering caused by me is too great to too many people,” Roh wrote in a suicide note found soon after his death. “The suffering in store for the future is too much to bear. The remainder of my life will only be a burden to others.”
Roh, who left office last year after a five-year term, was questioned for nearly 13 hours late last month by prosecutors. They were investigating allegations that during his presidency he and members of his family accepted more than $6 million in bribes from a wealthy South Korean shoe manufacturer.