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Deng Xiaoping's widow passes away

2009-07-29 10:26:13 GMT2009-07-29 18:26:13 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

File photo shows Zhuo Lin (R) poses with her husband Deng Xiaoping in the Taihang Mountains, after they married in Yan'an. Zhuo Lin, a former consultant of the Central Military Commission General Office and widow of China's late leader Deng Xiaoping, died of illness at 12:30 p.m. July 29 after medical treatment failed in Beijing, at the age of 93. (Xinhua)

File photo taken in 1979 shows Zhuo Lin (R, front), wife of Deng Xiaoping, embraces a girl during her visit to the Museum of History and Technology in Washington, the United States. Zhuo Lin, a former consultant of the Central Military Commission General Office and widow of China's late leader Deng Xiaoping, died of illness at 12:30 p.m. July 29 after medical treatment failed in Beijing, at the age of 93. (Xinhua)

File photo taken on October 23, 1978 shows Zhuo Lin (2nd L), wife of Deng Xiaoping, watches a sado performance in Japan. Zhuo Lin, a former consultant of the Central Military Commission General Office and widow of China's late leader Deng Xiaoping, died of illness at 12:30 p.m. July 29 after medical treatment failed in Beijing, at the age of 93. (Xinhua)

File photo shows Zhuo Lin (2nd R) reads a story for her grandson while her husband Deng Xiaoping (L) reads newspaper at their home in Beijing, after Deng retired. Zhuo Lin, a former consultant of the Central Military Commission General Office and widow of China's late leader Deng Xiaoping, died of illness at 12:30 p.m. July 29 after medical treatment failed in Beijing, at the age of 93. (Xinhua)

BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Zhuo Lin, widow of China's late leader Deng Xiaoping, died in Beijing Wednesday. She was 93.

She died of illness at 12:30 p.m. 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, Deng, was wrongly criticized and she was implicated as well. She accompanied Deng to work in the Xinjian county 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.

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