Keelung Mayor Hsu Tsai-li died at the age of 60

Keelung Mayor Hsu Tsai-li died Monday at the age of 60 due to heart diseases after he had been in extremely poor condition for several years.
The Keelung Hospital under the Department of Health said that Hsu was sent to the hospital by an ambulance at 7:20 a.m. but the mayor was confirmed as dead on arrival.
When Hsu arrived at the hospital, he was found no heartbeat and ceased breathing and his blood pressure was immeasurable, the hospital said, adding that Hsu’s wife later signed the do-not-resuscitate order and took the mayor’s body home.
The hospital pointed out that Hsu had been plagued with diabetes for several years, noting that the mayor was hospitalized at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital due to leg problems in January.
Hsu was transferred to intensive care unit due to chronic renal failure at the beginning of this month and renal transplantation for him was once considered but he came home to celebrate the Chinese New Year with his family several days ago, according to the hospital.
Hsu’s condition had been poor these years. The mayor underwent left leg amputation in 2002 after suffering from cellulitis and was once sent to the hospital during Keeling City council meeting because he felt dizzy due to a sudden increase in blood pressure.
Hsu was born on November 5, 1947 in Keelung City and acted as Keelung City councilor from 1982 to 2001 and served as the post of Keelung City council speaker between 1990 and 2001.
Hsu was elected as Keelung mayor in December 2001 and won the mayoral race again last year because then-opposition Kuomintang Chairman Ma Ying-jeou showed strong support for him in the mayoral election.
However, after Hsu was convicted of corruption for his involvement in illegal land investment and given a seven-year prison sentence in September, Hsu’s KMT membership was revoked and the KMT launched a signature campaign to recall Hsu.
In response to the news about Hsu’s death, Ma, who just relinquished his KMT chairmanship after being indicted on corruption charge over his alleged misuse of mayoral special allowances during his stint as Taipei mayor, stressed that the KMT will offer assistance to Hsu’s family members in Hsu’s funeral affairs if necessary.