Mr. Zhang Zhonglin was 51 years old. He was the former head of the Party Committee of the Tongcheng County government in Hubei Province. He had liver disease. In 1996, his mother, who was more than 80 years old, his brother, his wife and he all started practicing Falun Dafa. Their family was very happy. After July 20, 1999, Zhang Zhonglin was persecuted and transferred away from the government. His wife and brother were detained, sentenced, and had money extorted from them, and their house was ransacked four times. Under the extreme pressure and threats, he suffered a relapse of the liver disease. At a time when he couldn't even get up from his bed, his wife was still in prison and his brother was illegally detained as well. He died on January 23, 2003.