Obituary


I knew that it would come one day, but it happened so fast. I fully understand that death doesn’t send you a notice in advance—it just walks in and takes you away. But with this giant man I could see that death found a challenge. Death wanted to take him away, but Win Tin, a man with a mission, refused.
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Win Tin, one of Burma’s most dogged democracy campaigners, endured physical and mental abuse for the cause as a political prisoner for nearly 20 years.
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After supporters across Burma staged prayer services and a candlelight vigil for his recovery, Win Tin, one of the country’s most famous democracy activists, passed away on Monday after suffering from multiple organ failure. He was 84 years old.
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People across Burma mourned the passing on Monday of 84-year-old democracy activist Win Tin, a veteran journalist and co-founder of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party. Before supporters pay their last respects, The Irrawaddy asked his friends and colleagues to share how they will remember him.
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U Win Tin, a founding member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and a prominent journalist whose political activities and writings served as a thorn in the military’s side for decades, died on Monday morning in Rangoon of kidney failure. He was 85 years old.
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Min Lu, a Burmese contemporary humorist, died of lung cancer on Wednesday. He was 60 years old.
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The leader of The Moustache Brothers, a Mandalay comedy trio famous for their biting satire directed at the Burmese government, died on Friday in Burma’s second city. He was 67 years old. (more…)

Col Chit Swe, 74, who had served in the ethnic resistance since 1967, died on Saturday in a Chiang Mai hospital. He was a close aid to the late Shan resistance leader Gen. Gawn Zerng. (more…)

“Ludu” Sein Win, an outspoken Burmese journalist, passed away at Shwegondaing Hospital in Rangoon on Sunday after a long fight with lung disease. He was 71. (more…)

Pivotal Burmese civil society leader Nay Win Maung has died of a heart attack, aged 50.

A close friend of the founder of the prominent Myanmar Egress group, Kyaw Linn Oo, told DVB that he was submitted to Rangoon General Hospital around 11pm last night. (more…)

Chiang Mai – U Lwin, 87, one of the founders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and a former Burmese military officer, died of natural causes on Tuesday night. (more…)

Chiang Mai – Known for his fiction and translations of foreign literature, Burmese writer Nat Nwe, 79, died a natural death at his home in North Dagon Township in Rangoon on Wednesday, according to a relative. (more…)

New Delhi – Funeral services for writer Maung Pe Nge, 67, who was imprisoned for writing about Burmese Socialist Programme Party (BSPP) Chairman Ne Win, were held on Sunday at Yeway Cemetery in Rangoon. (more…)

The renowned Burmese film director and writer Maung Wunna has died at his home in Rangoon after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. (more…)

Burmese poet and writer Moe Hein died of throat cancer in Rangoon on Thursday at the age of 68. (more…)

Thakin Ohn Myint, regarded as Aung San Suu Kyi’s mentor as well as her father’s colleague and confidant during Burma’s struggle for independence, died peacefully at his home in Rangoon on Friday morning. He was 92. (more…)

Chiang Mai– Former Burmese Foreign Minister Win Aung (65), died early on Wednesday morning in Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison, while under detention, family sources said. (more…)

A leader of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), an ethnic armed rebel group that has a ceasefire agreement with Burma’s ruling junta, was assassinated on Saturday by an unidentified gunman, party sources said. (more…)

The elected representative of Thaketa township constituency 2 in Rangoon division, Dr Maung Maung Latt died on 22 February at the age of 59. (more…)

Burma’s veteran ethnic politician Dr. Saw Mara Aung died on Monday evening at his Rangoon residence, political allies said. (more…)

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