Roh who was 62 had been hiking in the village of Bongha on Saturday morning when he threw himself off a mountainside rock, lawyer Moon Jae-in said. As per media reports, the former leader called life 'difficult' and apologized for making 'too many people suffer' in his suicide note.
Roh was rushed to a local hospital at around 8 AM local time and was declared dead about an hour later.
The ex-president was caught up in a corruption scndal and was questioned last month in a bribery investigation. State prosecutors had questioned Roh for about 13 hours about allegations that he accepted more than 6 million dollars in bribes from a detained South Korean businessman while in office. This incident that is learnt to have deeply shamed him, is seen as the prime motive behind the suicide.
President Lee Myung-bak on Saturday, May 23 expressed his regret over the 'truly hard to believe' news and called Roh's death 'sad and tragic'.