BEIJING A 44-year-old former organization ally of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai was in very good wellness in jail shortly just before he died of a heart attack, a Chinese on the internet news outlet reported, adding to the mystery more than his death.
Xu Ming, founder of plastics-to-house conglomerate Dalian Shide Group, died on Friday in prison in the central province of Hubei, according to Prism, an on-line news portal run by Tencent, China’s biggest social network.
Just two months before, for the duration of September’s Mid-Autumn Festival, he told household and close friends that he was in excellent well being and fine mental state and exercised from time to time, a buddy told Prism in a report carried on Wednesday.
The government has provided no explanation for Xu’s death. Prism’s report was picked up by other Chinese news portals and has not been removed from the Net, as can occur with sensitive stories.
Requests for comment from the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Public Security went unanswered. Reuters has also not been able to attain family members for comment.
Xu’s family members was told that Xu had a heart attack when using the toilet, fell to the ground and died, the buddy told Prism.
It took several hours for the household to be notified, the friend added, according to the report.
The trial of Xu, listed by Forbes as China’s eighth-richest particular person in 2005, had been shrouded in secrecy. It was never ever created public when he was arrested, indicted and convicted. His prison term was unknown.
Xu was scheduled to be released from prison in September 2016, according to Hong Kong-primarily based Phoenix tv.
Xu’s relationship with Bo became a focus a couple of years ago when the politician was probed for corruption.
Bo was ousted as Communist Celebration boss of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing and from the party’s choice-producing Politburo in 2012. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for corruption and abuse of power.
Throughout Bo’s trial in 2013, the court stated Bo was charged with getting about 21.eight million yuan ($ three.39 million) in bribes from Xu.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by Nick Macfie)