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By Alex Johnson
LOS ANGELES – Cho Yang-ho, Chairman and Head of Korean Air, whose legal problems – and colorful daughters – kept him and the airline in an undesirable spotlight, dead Sunday, the airline said.
Cho, who was accused in South Korea of suspected poisoning and of having ruled lucrative contracts to companies run by his family, died at a Los Angeles hospital from an illness that the airline did not identify.
Cho was poured out of Korean Air's regime last month as the scandal mushroomed. He held positions as CEO and CEO of the airline and its parent company Hanjin Group.
But there were scandals involving their daughters who brought worldwide attention to Cho and his family – one who involved macadamia nuts and the other involved a water bottle.
In December 2014, her daughter Cho Hyun-ah, a company secretary in the West like Heather Cho, created a viral storm when she threw a tantrum after an airline on a Korean flight served her a portion of macadamia nuts in a bag instead in a first class dish.
Cho Hyun-ah ordered the plane to return to the gate of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, causing it to be delayed. She apologized and served five months with a South Korean prison sentence to prevent aviation security.
Last year, Cho's younger daughter, Cho Hyun-min, also became a vice president, charged in Seoul, South Korea, with business bubble and assault after she was accused of having thrown water in the face of a promoter during a meeting in England.
Cho Hyun-min, known in the West as Emily Cho, told the police that she threw an empty glass against a
"Both sisters left Korean Air last year when their father tried to save the airline's reputation. 19659017] "As the head of Korean Air, as well as a father, I feel terrible about my daughters' immature actions," Cho said in a statement at that time. "Everything is my fault and my fault. I apologize to the people."
Korean Air did not mention the family's difficulties in its statement on Sunday, which called Cho an "aviation pioneer" whose leadership has been recognized over the years. "
Cho was the origin president of the Winter Olympic Games Organizing Committee in 2018 in South Korea. , but he left his position in 2016 to focus on the company's problems. The games were widely considered to have been a success.
In addition to his daughters, he is survived by his wife Myung-hee Lee; a son, walter; and five grandchildren.
Korean Air's stock was up by more than 2 percent in early trading in South Korea on Monday.