Taiwan political commentator Yang Wei-chung drowns saving daughter

Taiwan political commentator, former KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chung drowns while on vacation in Cook Islands

Yang and Chen wedding photo (Facebook), Yang (CNA image).

Yang and Chen wedding photo (Facebook), Yang (CNA image).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwanese political commentator and former Kuomintang (KMT) spokesman, Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中), drowned while trying to rescue his 11-year-old daughter while his family was on vacation in the Cook Islands.

The 47-year-old Yang, who was also a member of the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee, was with his wife Chen I-chen (陳以真) and his daughter on vacation in the south Pacific island nation. At 5 p.m. local time on Aug. 30, his daughter fell overboard from a boat and it was during his attempt to rescue her that Yang drowned, according to Liberty Times.

Yang graduated with a degree in history from National Chengchi University, participated in the Wild Lily student movement, served as the deputy director of Radio Taiwan International, and acted as a spokesman for the KMT from 2013 to 2016. In 2016, he left the KMT and joined the Executive Yuan's Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee, which was set up to investigate and return ill-gotten assets of political parties and their affiliated organizations during the martial law period in Taiwan.

In 2006, Yang married Chen, the daughter of Nice Group corporation tycoon Chen Ching-yao (陳鏡堯) and former TV news anchor and member of the Youth Development Administration. In 2015, The couple appeared together on an episode of the Taiwanese TV show "The Theory of Love" (愛的萬物論).

Yang's body has been taken by his family to the Cook Islands capital of Avarua, before moving on to New Zealand next, but it is yet to be determined when the family will return to Taiwan.