A Deathbed Donation

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Many people make death bed confessions, particularly if you’ve led a life of crime, but not too many make death bed donations.

To fulfill a Taiwanese gang leader’s last wish his family has donated $1.9 million to various charities. Lee Chao-Hsiung died of liver cancer earlier this month. He was seventy three years old and had spent the better part of his life as an influential triad leader in central Taiwan. Known as the mafia arbitrator lee was best known for negotiating the release of kidnapped politicians and businessmen. He was also involved in unspecified crime as an underground gang leader. Upon his death his son donated the money to disabled people, low income families and four major religious organizations. His funeral will be held in late April and is expected to draw more than 20,000 people, making it one of the largest gang funerals ever held. About 1,000 people, including other mafia bosses attended a makeshift memorial that was held earlier this week to set up a shrine to Lee. While his life might not have been on the straight and narrow, I wonder if this will be enough to buy him a second chance at his great reward.