Controversial Hmong Leader Dies
A leader in the Hmong community has died Thursday.

General Vang Pao passed away after being admitted to Clovis Community Medical Center on December 26th. He was 81 years old.

A friend told the Fresno Bee General Vang was suffering from pneumonia and an ongoing heart problem.

The General was a key U.S. Ally during the Vietnam War, and moved to Central California after the Communists took power in Laos in 1975. He became a leader for the Hmong refugee populations who resettled in America.

However, he has caused controversy; in 2007 he and 10 others were charged with conspiring to violently overthrow communist Laos. Charges against General Vang were dropped in 2009.