Former Chinese premier Li Keqiang has died of a sudden heart attack, according to China’s state-run media.
Mr. Li, 68, was once the second most powerful political figure in China behind Chinese leader Xi Jinping. He was premier from March 2013 until March this year, when he retired.
According to China’s state-run media, Mr. Li was taking a rest in Shanghai in the days before the sudden heart attack on Oct. 26. He passed away 10 minutes past midnight on Oct. 27, local time, after unsuccessful “all-out efforts” to revive him.
Both Mr. Li and Mr. Wang were subsequently not included in the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, the most powerful decision-making body within the Chinese regime.
Mr. Li was an economist who graduated from China’s Peking University. As premier, he once guided China’s economy, but he was sidelined from that position in recent years.
Mr. Li had a long political career. Before becoming premier, he was the first vice-premier from March 2008 to March 2013. Prior to that, he had been party secretary in China’s Liaoning and Henan Provinces.