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Renowned writer Li Ao dies (update)

2018/03/18 14:31:28

Li Ao (李敖)/CNA file photo

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) Famous writer Li Ao (李敖) passed away peacefully from brain cancer Sunday at the age of 83, according to Taipei Veterans General Hospital.

Li sought medical attention from the hospital in July 2015 as he had an unsteady gait and was later diagnosed with brainstem gliomas. His condition stabilized after treatment.

However, last year, he was admitted and discharged from hospital several times.

In October 2017, he was hospitalized for pneumonia, but a subsequent magnetic resonance imaging scan for checks on his brain activity showed that his symptoms had worsened.

From the next month, Li began receiving targeted therapy and his condition improved.

However, from January this year, the therapy gradually lost effect and led to deterioration in his overall condition, according to the hospital.

After learning of the news, the Executive Yuan expressed condolences.

Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said that Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) and Hsu himself were co-workers at the Legislative Yuan when they served as legislators in 2004, and expressed sadness at his death.

(By Chen Wei-ting, Flor Wang and Evelyn Kao)