Nguyen Cao Ky, a former leader of South Vietnam, has passed away

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 Nguyen Cao Ky, a former leader of South Vietnam, has passed away in Malaysia where he was receiving treatment for respiratory complications, according to his family members.

Nguyen Cao Ky served as both a general in the air force and as South Vietnam’s vice president under Nguyen Van Thieu. He was a controversial figure during and after his leadership; while in service he was known for his flamboyant dress and what many perceived as a lack of deference. Years after fleeing from Vietnam by helicopter, he once again stirred resentment in the Vietnamese Diaspora community when he made a trip back to Vietnam and dropped his formerly staunchly anti-Communist rhetoric.

Nguyen Cao Ky is survived by six children, including Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen, a popular Paris by Night emcee, and fourteen grandchildren.