A leading Chinese dissident imprisoned after the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy protests has been found hanged in hospital.
Officials suggested Li Wangyang had committed suicide, but family members questioned this account.
His body was found on Wednesday in Shaoyang city, in the southeast of the country.
He was on his feet next to his bed, with a white strip of cloth tied tightly around his neck and connected to a window bar above, according to his brother-in-law Zhao Baozhu .
Al Jazeera’s Steve Chao, reporting from Hong Kong, said relatives doubted that Li would have been physically able to hang himself.
"They pointed out the fact that he was virtually blind and deaf and unable to walk properly from his years of mistreatment in prison," he said.
"They also pointed out that as a leading dissident, he was being monitored by sometimes up to 10 police officers 24 hours of the day and they wonder how he may have managed to slip a bandage around his neck and tie it to a window without them noticing."