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Chen Xiaolu, Princeling Who Apologized for Cultural Revolution, Dies at 71

A video grab of a Caixin interview with Chen Xiaolu originally published in January 2015. Chen was catapulted into the limelight after admitting to humiliating his teachers during the Cultural Revolution Photo: Caixin
A video grab of a Caixin interview with Chen Xiaolu originally published in January 2015. Chen was catapulted into the limelight after admitting to humiliating his teachers during the Cultural Revolution Photo: Caixin

Chen Xiaolu, the youngest son of a People's Liberation Army founding marshal Chen Yi, died of a heart attack on Wednesday. He was 71.

Chen Xiaolu made international headlines five years ago after publicly apologizing for his role during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution. He died in an army hospital in Sanya, in the southern island province of Hainan, according to several friends.

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