Chinese official ‘kills himself’ in latest Communist party suicide mystery

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A senior Chinese official has killed himself in his Beijing office, according to reports – the latest mysterious suicide of a ruling Communist party cadre.

Xu Ye’an, 58, was deputy chief of China‘s state bureau for letters and calls – the agency that fields grievances from citizens over injustices or disputes.

According to the respected magazine Caixin, Xu was discovered to have killed himself in his office on Tuesday, although the details surrounding his death remain unclear.

“It is learned that Xu was not in good health lately and was suffering from tinnitus over the past few months,” Caixin reported, citing a person close to the bureau for letters and calls. “He was always in a bad mood.”

 

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