Korea's royal lineage ends
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Seoul — Five hundred years of Korean royal blood flowed in Yi Ku, but he lived in such obscurity in Japan that when he died of a heart attack in a hotel room last week his body was not discovered for two days.
Nonetheless, thousands of mourners in black suits and traditional white robes followed the coffin of the last direct heir to Korea's throne through the streets of Seoul on Sunday, paying their final respects to the dynasty that ruled the peninsula from 1392 until 1910.
Mr. Yi, the son of Korea's last crown prince, died alone of a heart attack at age 73 in his hotel room July 16 in Japan, where he lived for most of his life. His body was discovered Monday.
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