Mr. Wang Lixiang, another practitioner in Hebei Province, died in February 2004. He was an employee of the Textile Factory of Luan County and was in his 40s. Shortly after he started to practice Falun Gong, his spleen cancer completely disappeared. On July 15, 2000, he went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong but was taken back by the Police Department of Luan County and held in a detention center for further persecution. His fingers were beaten until they were deformed. He was forced to sleep on the cement floor until he was released on the 2001 Chinese New Year. After that, he was frequently harassed by the local police as well as his employer. Because of this constant harassment and the lack of a peaceful cultivation environment, his illnesses returned and caused his death.