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Report: Man died of natural causes

THE sudden death of a local man, Zhou Daming, in a dispute over a demolished home was due to heart attack, according to Xinhua news agency yesterday.

Zhou had a long history of coronary disease as well as other diseases and had undergone heart surgery before, said the report.

Previous reports in a newspaper had hinted Zhou had been beaten to death.

Zhou's family, who had refuse to let the body be taken, finally agreed and the body was taken to a local mortuary yesterday.

The incident happened on November 30 at 3:30pm, when two notary officials and six staff members from a local demolition team came to Zhou and his relatives' residence on Chezhan Road M. in downtown Huangpu District.

Zhou was living with his elder brother Zhou Da'an and sister Zhou Juhua, after he had moved from his own home nearby as it had been scheduled for demolition. He had received 605,000 yuan (US$90,765) compensation.

However, it transpired that his brother and sister's home was also scheduled to be torn down by local authorities.

In total, 415 households in Zhou's community are expected to be demolished. So far 399 households have agreed on the settlement plans, said the Xinhua report.

However no settlement plan has yet been set on Zhou's brother's residence after several failed negotiations. The officials and demolition crew went to the house on November 30 to inform the residents that the homes will be demolished on December 10, even if there was still no agreement on the settlement plan, said the report.

One of the notary officials, Lu Yanqin, showed ID to the family. But the family members said it was fake and called the police, saying they have been robbed.

As Zhou Daming blocked the doorway he suddenly fell to the ground, said the report.

Paramedics arrived at 3:49pm, but Zhou was pronounced dead later. Emergency staff said it was a sudden cardiac death.

There was no fight or physical contact between the two parties, Xinhua stressed. Local police said in a further report there were no surface injuries on the body.

However, 21 Century Business Herald reported yesterday that Zhou's family told the newspaper he was "beaten by dozens of people."

According to the Xinhua report, Zhou had a long history of coronary disease, high blood pressure and renal deficiencies. He had also undergone heart surgery before, according to a report by a doctor, Zhan Wei, who asked about Zhou's medical history in the ambulance.

Hospitals has previously warned Zhou the conditions "could be fatal," according to Xinhua.

Zhou's death enraged his family members who moved the body to the office of the demolition team and set up banners in protest. The family also refused an autopsy.

"The house demolition compensation negotiation is still ongoing as the tension was eased," Xinhua said.


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