Other Deaths Of Note


October 18, 2006

WANG GUANGMEI, 85 Widow of Chinese president

Wang Guangmei, the widow of President Liu Shaoqi and a powerful figure in China before she was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution, died Friday in Beijing.

She was once widely known in China as the country's beautiful, articulate and sophisticated first lady. Her husband was president from 1959 to 1967, when he became one of the first high-level officials to be denounced as a "capitalist roader" and purged by Mao Tse-tung during the Cultural Revolution.

He died in prison in 1969 after being beaten and tortured. His wife was also arrested and accused of being an American spy. In some of the uglier scenes of the decadelong Cultural Revolution, which began in 1966, she was publicly humiliated at mass rallies by a group of Red Guards who forced her to wear a necklace of pingpong balls.

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