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Nuon Chea
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Nuon Chea on trial.
President of the Standing Committee of the Kampuchean People's Representative Assembly
In office
13 April 1976 – 7 January 1979
President Khieu Samphan
Prime Minister Pol Pot
Deputy Chhit Choeun
Leader Pol Pot (General Secretary)
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea
In office
27 September 1976 – 25 October 1976
President Khieu Samphan
Leader Pol Pot (General Secretary)
Preceded by Pol Pot
Succeeded by Pol Pot
Personal details
Lau Kim Lorn

(1926-07-07)7 July 1926
Voat Kor, Battambang, French Indochina (now Cambodia)
Died August 4, 2019(2019-08-04) (aged 93)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Political party Communist Party
Spouse(s) Ly Kimseng
Children Nuon Say, 2 other children
Alma mater Thammasat University

Nuon Chea (Khmer: នួន ជា; 7 July 1926 – 4 August 2019 also known as Long Bunruot (Khmer: ឡុង ប៊ុនរត្ន), was a Cambodian former communist politician. Nuon Chea was the oldest living former Prime Minister (serving for a month) and the oldest of the last surviving Khmer Rouge leaders. He was the chief ideologist of the Khmer Rouge Regime and second in command of bloody Khmer Rouge regime he presided over. He received a life sentence for his crimes against humanity, alongside another top-tier Khmer Rouge leader, Khieu Samphan. Further trial convicted him of the crimes of genocide in November 2018.

He died while appealing his sentences. His lawyers demands for the removal of his guilty convictions upon his death failed.


Nuon Chea died on 4 August 2019 at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, aged 93. He had been hospitalized since July 2 for the lack of blood-flow to his toe which turned black.

Due to advanced age Chea's circulation was not delivering blood properly to his toe. Lack of proper circulation brought infection of his toe which eventually killed him most likely by causing sepsis of blood and eventual multiple organs failure. His body was later brought to Sala Krau, Pailin, before cremation in accordance with Buddhist tradition, religion he persecuted.

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