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Former Guanshengyuan chairman died after being hit by a stone 'kicked off by monkeys'

THE former board chairman of Shanghai Guanshengyuan Food (Group) died after being hit by a stone said to be kicked off by monkeys at a scenic spot of the Yuntai Mountain in Henan Province on Tuesday.

Weng Mao, 67, had his brain hit by the stone on his way back from the Xiaozhaigou attraction to the Luliang pavilion, a statement issued by the management bureau of the scenic spot said.

He died at the Xiuwu County People's Hospital.

The roads to the scenic spot had been closed, the statement said.

Weng's trip was organized by Shanghai Yelv Travel Agency.

However, Zhou Yi, an employee of the travel agency, said monkeys were not to be blamed for Weng's death.

The scene of the incident was not close to the macaque valley, Zhou told Shanghai Daily.

In addition, there were falling stones when Zhou and Weng's relatives arrived at the scene, which was dangerous, he said.

He accused the scenic spot operator of negligence and shirking responsibility.

Investigation is underway.

Guanshengyuan is Shanghai's time-honored food manufacturer known for its White Rabbit brand candy.

Weng was in good health and was a shutterbug, Zhou said.

He said Weng loved outdoor activities.

Yuntai Mountain is a natural reserve of macaques.




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