KUALA LUMPUR: Founder of the prestigious Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing died today.
Rumours of the 75-year-old's death was circulating in social media earlier today and was finally confirmed through a press statement by the university.
"With deep sadness, we convey the passing of Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Datuk Sri Paduka Dr Lim Kok Wing, our founder President.
"A visionary, Tan Sri's career has been synonymous with creativity, and he assisted in developing innovative education globally, empowering especially the developing world.
"We are humbled by the loving condolences and support extended by so many, and ask for privacy as we mourn a man we are very proud of," it said in the statement.
About a week ago, the philanthropist was reportedly hospitalised after a fall at his home.
The university's senior vice-president Datuk Gail Phung said he was recuperating after the fall and requested for privacy while he was recovering.
Lim was honoured with 700 awards and recognitions from various parties over his contributions to the creative and educational industry.
His name is well known globally as a recognised brand, for his creativity, innovation and excellence.
He was also an instrumental figure in the culmination of the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996.
His university was the first in the country to be recognised as a University College in 2002, later becoming a full-fledged University five years later.