Former President of Singapore S R Nathan suffered a stroke on Apr 14, his family said in a statement today.

The statement reads as follows:

“Former President S R Nathan suffered a stroke last Tuesday 14 April and was admitted to hospital. He is recovering and is now undergoing therapy.”

90 year-old Mr Nathan is recovering at the Singapore General Hospital.

He was the 6th and longest-serving President in Singapore, and was in office for two terms from 1999 to 2011. He officially stepped down as President on 31st Aug 2011 after announcing that he would not seek a third term in office. He was succeeded by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

Before he became President, Mr Nathan was formerly Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and later Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States of America until 1996.

On Wednesday evening, Dr Tony Tan shared on Facebook that he and his wife “were both very concerned” when they learnt that Mr Nathan was warded last Tuesday for “haemorrhage in the brain”.

“We are relieved that his condition has since stabilised. When we visited him at the hospital earlier this week, we were happy to see that he was in good spirits and looking forward to being discharged,” he added. “We wish Mr Nathan a speedy and full recovery and the very best of health.”

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