ZHUO LIN, widow of China’s former leader Deng Xiaoping, died in Beijing yesterday. She was 93.
She died of illness at noon after medical treatment failed, said a statement issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Zhuo, a former consultant of the Central Military Commission General Office, was “an excellent CPC member and time-honored loyal communist fighter,” the statement said.
Born in Xuanwei County of southwestern Yunnan Province in April 1916, she joined the CPC in 1938.
During the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, her husband was wrongly criticized and she was implicated as well. She accompanied Deng to work in Xinjian County’s tractor repair workshop in eastern Jiangxi Province in October 1969.
In January 1978, she was appointed a consultant of the Central Military Commission General Office. She served as a deputy to the fourth and fifth National People’s Congress and was awarded the Independence Merit Medal from the People’s Liberation Army in 1988.