Former Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang is dead


Former Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang is dead.

Kegiang died in the early hours of Friday at the age of 68.

He died after suffering a sudden heart attack in Shanghai, state news agency reported.

Kegiang suffered a heart attack late on Thursday and died on Friday after attempts to resuscitate him failed.

Recall that Kegiang had stepped down as premier in March after 10 years in office under Chinese President Xi Jinping.

He was born on July 1, 1955 in Dingyuan, in the eastern province of Anhui, the son of a functionary.

In 1974, during the Cultural Revolution, Kegiang was forced to go to the countryside like other intellectuals.

As one of only three per cent of all applicants who managed to gain admission, he studied law at Peking University and earned a doctorate in economics.

Kegiang was effectively sidelined by Xi, and eventually replaced by Li Qiang in March.

There had been rumours about his health for years.

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