GEORGE TOWN: Former Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Tan Gim Hwa (pic) died late Sunday after suffering from multiple strokes since May last year.
Tan, 76, breathed his last at his residence in Halaman Macalister around 11pm.
His family members were earlier told to bring him home after he was kept on life support on Saturday.
His son Tee Beng, 42, said his father had a bad cough and vomitted on Tuesday.
He said his father's heart even stopped twice but doctors managed to resuscitate him on Saturday.
"My father's health deteriorated after suffering from multiple strokes since May last year.
"He slipped into a coma subsequently and his condition improved only one-and-a-half-months later.
"Since then, he was in and out of hospital.
"For the past few days, his breathing was weak and he was relying on life support," Tee Beng said when contacted.
In April last year, Tan, a Gerakan strongman and founding member, was invited to rejoin the party after his membership was terminated in 2000 for disciplinary reasons.
Then Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow had made the invitation at a gathering of some 1,000 party division leaders and members which Tan attended.
Teng said Tan's presence at the event showed that he still cared for the party and its progress.
However, Tan did not rejoin the party.
He leaves behind his wife Quah Mo Sy, 76, and three sons - Tee Yong, 50, Tee Wan, 48 and Tee Beng, 42 - and daughter Chin Chin, 41.