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.