Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has died in hospital at the age of 91 after suffering from severe pneumonia.

Mr Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on February and was later placed on life support.

A statement issued by his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, confirmed that the former leader had died.

“Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18 am,” the statement said.

“Arrangements for the public to pay respects and for the funeral proceedings will be announced later.”

Lee was a Cambridge-educated lawyer and is widely credited with building Singapore into one of the world’s wealthiest nations.