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Mother-in-law of Aung San Suu Kyi dies

Mar 20, 2009 (DVB), The mother-in-law of imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi died at her house in London earlier this week from natural causes, according to a family member.

Josette Vaillancourt, the mother of Daw Suu's late husband Michael Aris, passed away on Monday. She was aged 92.

The French-Canadian spent her life as a painter and was known to be supportive of the struggle for democracy in Burma. Born in 1917, she was married to British diplomat John Aris, and had two sons and one daughter.

Her oldest son, Michael Aris, married Daw Suu in 1972 after they met whilst at college.

After he was diagnosed with cancer in 1997, eight years after Daw Suu was placed under house arrest, the Burmese authorities refused him entry to Burma, claiming they did not have the facilities to care for him. He passed away on 27 March 1999.

The family member said a memorial prayer service for Vaillancourt was planned to be held in a Catholic church in London next week.

Reporting by DVB


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