18 Apr 2012

American Samoa's Director of Commerce dies

8:41 am on 18 April 2012

American Samoa's Director of Commerce Faleseu Eliu Paopao has died.

Faleseu passed away over the weekend in Portland, Oregon, after a long battle with cancer.

He was 66.

His brother Mapu Puaopea Paopao said Faleseu was diagnosed with cancer last September and had been undergoing treatment in Honolulu before he was taken to Portland, Oregon.

His wife Telesia and four of their five children were with him when he died.

Faleseu has been Director of Commerce since 2005.

He was also Director of Administrative Services and held the positions of Administrator for the High Court of American Samoa and Chief Financial Officer for the LBJ Hospital.