Leading Tiananmen-era Chinese dissident dies in US

By REUTERS
April 7, 2012 11:53

 
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BEIJING - One of China's most famous dissidents at the time of Beijing's June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy activists has died in the United States, exiled dissidents said on Saturday.

Fang Lizhi, 76, lived in Tucson where he was a physics professor at the University of Arizona. He died of natural causes, according to the Twitter feed of Wu Renhua, a dissident living in exile in the United States.

Exiled dissident Wang Dan, who topped a list of 21 most-wanted student leaders in 1989, confirmed the news on his Twitter feed after speaking to Fang's wife, Li Shuxian.

"At this moment, no words can express my grief," Wang wrote. "Fang Lizhi has inspired the '89 generation and has awakened the people's yearning for human rights and democracy."

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