Families, friends bid farewell to Liu Xiaobo

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Beijing, July 15 (IANS) Family members and friends of late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo on Saturday bid him farewell in China’s Shenyang city.

Liu, convicted of subversion of state power in 2009, died of multiple organ failure due to liver cancer on Thursday night. He was 61, reports Xinhua news agency.

Liu’s body was cremated on Saturday morning. Prior to the cremation, a ceremony was held with the attendance of the late activist’s wife Liu Xia and his friends.

At 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Liu Xia was the first to bid farewell to her husband in the rhythm of Mozart’s Requiem, then Liu’s relatives and friends bowed three times in front of his body during ceremony.

His wife and brother Liu Xiaoguang cremated the remains and hold a simple funeral after consultation.

–IANS

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