Member of 'Gang of Four' Yao Wenyuan dies
Updated: 2006-01-06 15:41
Yao Wenyuan, member of the Gang of Four that
terrorized China during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, has died. He was 74.
Yao died of diabetes on December
He was sentenced to twenty years imprison by a special tribunal of the
Supreme People's Court in 1976, with political rights deprived for five years.
He was released from prison in October 1996 after serving full jail
Yao was born in 1931 in Zhuji, Zhejiang Province and joined the
Communist Party of China in 1948.
He was expelled from the Party in July 1977 after the Gang of Four was
smashed, and was deprived off all his posts.
Yao joined up with Jiang Qing, Zhang Chunqiao and
Wang Hongwen to form a clique, and the four unleashed chaos nationwide during
the 10-year period.
Yao was the last member of the Gang of Four,
which refers to Wang Hongwen, Zhang Chunqiao, Jiang Qing, Yao
The youngest gang member, Wang Hongwen, died of liver cancer in a Beijing
hospital in 1992 while serving a life sentence.
Zhang Chunqiao died of cancer on April 21, 2005, at age of 88. He was given
death sentence with a two-year reprieval by a special tribunal of the Supreme
People's Court in January 1981, and his sentence was commuted to life
imprisonment with political rights deprived for life in January, 1983, and was
commuted again to 18 years in prison with political rights deprived for 10
Jiang Qing was sentenced in 1981 to death with two-year reprieval. But the
verdict later commuted to life in prison. Ten years later she hanged herself
while on medical parole.