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Family disputes suicide in vice mayor's death

THE family of a central China city vice mayor strongly objected to the official explanation of his death as suicide triggered by depression.

Yang Kuansheng, vice mayor of Wugang City in Hunan Province, was found dead outside his residence early Thursday, the Oriental Morning Post reported yesterday.

Police said Yang, 47, committed suicide by jumping out a window.

However, earlier media reports quoted a forensic technician who said Yang was probably murdered, because he had knife cuts on his back and his left wrist, as well as three broken ribs and an injury on the back of head.

Yang had moved to Wugang from the neighboring Shaoyang City of Hunan, and lived alone on the third floor of a government dormitory.

He was found having fallen to the ground at about 5am and died before being sent to hospital.

Yang's family denied he was depressed, saying he was expecting to be promoted soon, although authorities didn't immediately confirm that.

Yang's nephew told Southern Metropolis Daily he had been told that Yang had said his life had been threatened by someone.

"I was told by others because the death note had been taken away by police," said Yang's nephew.

In September, Yang had expressed a strong will to crack down on local illegal coal mines, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

Earlier this year, Yang had been investigated on suspicions of taking bribes, but had been cleared.


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