Nguyen Cao Ky, former vice president and prime minister of the US-backed regime in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, died in a Malaysia on Saturday. He was 81.
Ky died at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur where he was being treated for a respiratory complication, the Associated Press quoted his nephew Peter Phan in Southern California as saying.
His daughter Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen, a prominent Vietnamese-American entertainer, told the newswire in an email message that she was flying from Los Angeles to Malaysia to find out the exact cause of Ky's death.
Ky served as prime minister and air force commander of US-backed South Vietnamese regime from 1965 to 1967 and then as vice president under Nguyen Van Thieu until 1971.
When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, Ky fled by piloting a helicopter to a US Navy ship. He and his family eventually settled in the United States.
Ky was born in Son Tay Province to the west of Hanoi in 1930. He was married three times and has six children.