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Argument is blamed for official's death

AN argument caused by a family conflict led to the death of a vice mayor in an eastern Chinese city on early Saturday morning, local police said.

Ni Lingmei, vice mayor of Huzhou City in Zhejiang Province, locked herself in a bathroom and climbed on to the bathroom windowsill after a fierce quarrel with her husband. She then fell 29 floors to her death, China News Service quoted Huzhou Police as saying.

An autopsy showed Ni had died at the scene of a cracked skull, damage to her heart and blood loss. Except the injuries caused by the fall, no other wounds were found on the deceased's body and no intoxicants were found in her stomach or liver.

Ni lost control after the argument and fell from the windowsill, said police. There was no evidence Ni was involved in any discipline violation or illegal activities, according to the disciplinary department of Huzhou.

Ni had been arguing recently with her husband over her mother's medical expenses, police said.

A guard at Ni's community surnamed Shen who was on duty at the time told local police he heard a man and a woman quarreling in Ni's home prior to her fall.

Ni's husband called the police after seeing Ni fall. Ni's son, who studies abroad, sent text messages and called his parents telling them to keep calm about 20 minutes before Ni's death.


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