21 May 2003

American Samoan senator Sala dies in Hawaii

4:41 am on 21 May 2003

An American Samoan Senator, S.E. Sala, has died in a Hawaii hospital at the age of 62.

Senator Sala died a month after being flown to Honolulu's Straub Medical Clinic for treatement.

He was a member of the House of Representatives for two terms and its vice-speaker for two years before being selected to serve as a senator in 2001.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.