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Famous Burmese poet Tin Moe dead

Famous Burmese poet U Tin Moe (74) died of a heart-attack in the USA on January 22.
Famous Burmese poet U Tin Moe (74) died of a heart-attack in the USA on January 22.

Tin Moe was residing with one of his daughters, Moe Cho Thin, in Los Angeles, California .

"He was in a tea shop with a friend when he suddenly collapsed. An ambulance was called and he was taken to a hospital. He died in the hospital," said son-in-law Ko Kyaw Wanna.

Tin Moe died at 7 a.m. on January 23, according to Burma Standard Time.

"In our generation, Tin Moe was the topmost poet. He was a leader in literature in the movement for democracy. I'm very sad to lose such a close friend," said poet and literary critic Maung Swan Yi.

Tin Moe wrote and published poems since 1950 and had won several prizes for his literary pursuits including the National Literary Prize in 1970.

Tin Moe, as a member of the National League for Democracy, participated in the pro-democracy movement since 1988. He was jailed by the Burmese military junta from 1991 to 1995. He left Burma in 1999 and continued to be involved by way of his creative works.

A poem, 'New generation's contribution', which is considered to be his latest poem written on January 20, called for support to the movement led by Min Ko Naing and the '88 generation group.

Tin Moe was born on November 19, 1933 in a village of Taungtha Township , upper Burma. He is survived by four daughters.