Mr. Yang Shangyun, 59 years old, lived at Building 15 of Gongren New Village, Shanhaiguan District, Qinhuangdao City in Hebei Province. In July 1999, Jiang and his followers started the persecution of Falun Gong and Mr. Yang's cultivation environment was severely affected. The police went to his home many times to harass him and his family. His son and daughter in law were detained for practicing Falun Gong. Under the tremendous pressure, Mr. Yang had a heart attack and never fully recovered. He passed away on October 2, 1999.