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Myanmar's remaining independence fighter dies

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -

The last member of Myanmar's legendary "Thirty Comrades" -- the group that spearheaded the struggle against British colonialism -- has died.

Ye Htut was 91.

Family members said he died of old age at a hospital in Yangon.

The Thirty Comrades were led by Gen. Aung San, father of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. During World War II, they went to Japan for training to fight British colonizers in what was then known as Burma. Aung San later negotiated independence from Britain, but was assassinated before it happened in 1948.

Ye Htut served in the Myanmar army before independence but went underground and joined the banned Burma Communist Party in 1948.

He was involved in the 1988 pro-democracy movement.

He is survived by his two sons.

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