Swiss founder of Cambodia’s largest pediatric hospitals dies at age of 71

Phnom Penh – Charismatic Swiss doctor and cellist Beat Richner, the founder of the Kantha Bopha Hospitals in Cambodia, died of a serious illness on Sunday at the age 71, his foundation said.

“The foundation board has the painful duty to inform you that the founder and benefactor Dr. Beat Richner has passed away after a serious illness,” the Zurich-based Kantha Bopha Foundation said in a statement.

Due to his illness, Richner had to pass over the responsibility for management of the hospitals to his deputy and long-standing companion Peter Studer, vice president of the foundation board in March 2017, the statement said.

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