Tang Shiyu was a student at the Fucun Elementary School, Dandong City, Liaoning Province. In 1995, the hospital claimed he had only six months to live due to the heart disease he had suffered since early childhood. But since he started practicing Falun Gong in 1996, his health had improved, and he was able to go to school. After Jiang and his followers began persecuting Falun Gong, Tang's home has been searched five times illegally. His heart disease recurred. Tang died on April 25, 2005 at age of 15.