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Widow of Deng dies at age of 93

ZHUO Lin, widow of late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, died in Beijing yesterday at the age of 93.

Zhuo died at 12:30pm after failing to respond to medical treatment, said a statement issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

Zhuo was a member of the CPC and served on the General Office of CPC's Central Military Commission as an adviser from January 1978, which was her last appointment by the Party.

The statement said she was "an excellent CPC member and time-honored loyal Communist fighter."

Deng was wrongly criticized and she was implicated in the "cultural revolution (1966-76)."

She accompanied him as a laborer at a tractor-repair facility in Jiangxi Province in October 1969.

Their eldest son, Deng Pufang, was imprisoned, tortured and thrown out of the window of a three-story building at Peking University in 1968 and has been in a wheel-chair since.

On July 1, 1997, Zhuo and daughter Deng Nan attended festivities in Hong Kong to mark the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty, representing Deng, who died on February 19 that year.

Deng was a driving factor in efforts to have Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty.
Zhuo was always concerned about people's well being. She contributed 100,000 yuan (US$14,638), years of personal savings, to people in disaster-hit areas four days after the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province last year.

Zhuo met Deng in 1939 and married him that year. She is survived by five children.


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