Vann Nath
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A relative says one of the last three survivors of Cambodia's most notorious Khmer Rouge-era prison has died at the age of 66.

Vann Nath lapsed into a coma in late August after developing breathing difficulties, and his daughter Vann Chan Simen says he passed away on Monday.

Nath was jailed in the Khmer Rouge's notorious Tuol Sleng prison, known as S-21, in 1978 and kept there until the regime collapsed about one year later.

Up to 16,000 people were tortured before being executed at S-21, but Nath was spared because he was asked to paint and sculpt portraits of the late Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot while behind bars.

The regime's radical policies left about 1.7 million people dead through overwork, disease, malnutrition and execution.

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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sep. 5, 2011.
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God Bless Mr. Nath and his family. It must be quite a honor to have known such a brave and talented man.
Danielle Cherry
September 12, 2011
Mr. Nath was obviously not only a man of talent but also of strength and honor. His reward from this evil world is now his in heaven. May his wonderful family know God has never been far away and is even closer now. My prayers are with his family and friends. Kim (va)
September 9, 2011
Sleep now, "PAX".
September 8, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Shonda Tedder
September 7, 2011
My condolences to the Nath family. It's ashame people have to go through such horrible things. God sees all types of injustice & will correct matters. I hope that the Nath family finds comfort from the comforting words of the Bible (Acts 17:27).
September 7, 2011
My sincere condolences to the Nath family. May the words found at Job14:13-15 bring you comfort.
September 7, 2011
My deepest condolences to the family of vann Nath. May God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord show you his kindness and mercy and give you great peace of heart and mind. Timothy1:2
September 7, 2011
I cant imagine what it is like to survive through something like that! It is truly inspiring. As already has been stated in the guestbook- God sees all and your loved one Mr Vann Nath's experience can encourage many of us as when we go through trials. God is not partial and loves people of all backgrounds (Acts 10:34). I hope Mr Nath's life freedom-forward, was filled with many heartwarming and happy experiences.
Ciara Cartwright
September 6, 2011
God bless Vann Nath, and all the survivors of the
Khmer Rouge, and all those who did not survive.
Albert Alioto
September 6, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Nath family Mr.Nath took a stand for freedom ,may God welcome him into eternal peace
D,A. Carson
September 6, 2011
My condolences to the family. May your wondeful memories of him and comfort from God help you through your time of grief.
September 6, 2011
God sees all and nothing passes His eyes. God bless this poor soul who thru no fault of his own, was thrust into a Hell-on-Earth. I admire his story and ability to face a beast and survive. I truly hope his life from 1979 onward was one of peace and respect and love. God Bless his family and friends and please accept my condolences.
Tami Bramblett
September 6, 2011
To the Vann family, I pray that you draw comfort from God who has the power to strengthen you beyond what is normal. (2 Cor. 4:7)
Michaels G.
September 6, 2011
We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Vann Nath.

Our prayer is that God will comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Ben Kinlaw
September 6, 2011
To the the family of Vann Nath - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
R Golay
September 5, 2011
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
donna hawkins
September 5, 2011
I send my sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Vann Nath. May God give you all the peace that surpasses all understanding. May he rest in peace. Blessings to you all.
Ms. M. B-C
September 5, 2011
Please accept my condolences on the behalf of your dear father Mr. Nath. May you find comfort in knowing that he is God's remembrance .
Malachi 3:16
Judith Lee
September 5, 2011
It's a miracle you survived the camp. I hope you found peace in your life after you were freed. I especially hope you are at peace now. God knows, you deserve it.
Kathi Noonan
September 5, 2011
steven stancia
September 5, 2011
god gave u a gift and u used it well r.i.p. u have earned it :s wells n.y.
September 5, 2011
Rest In Peace Mr. Nath. God Bless You And Your Family.
September 5, 2011