By Dong Sun-hwa
Pak Bo-hi, the "No. 2 man" of the Unification Church, died from chronic disease at 89 on Saturday.
He had been in Cheongshim International Medical Center in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, since 2018.
Born in 1930, Pak fought in the Korean War in 1950. He rose as the right-hand man of Unification Church founder, Moon Sun-myung in the 1970s, helping Moon with English translation when the church was spreading its influence abroad.
Pak's daughter had a "ghost marriage" with Moon's second son, who was killed in a car accident.
Pak was founding president and chairman of the Washington Times board, and president of the Segye Times.
He was also involved in business with North Korea. When former North Korean leader Kim Il-sung died in 1994, Pak went to North Korea to offer condolences.