(Minghui.org) A former businessman in Huaiyang City, Henan Province developed throat cancer after being abused while imprisoned for his faith in Falun Gong. He passed away less than a year after he was released on medical parole. He was 57.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Because of refusing to give up his faith, Mr. Zheng Xianjin was repeatedly arrested over the past 20 years and spent nearly 13 years behind bars, including one labor camp term and two prison terms. 

Mr. Zheng and his wife, Ms. Wang Haomei, were last arrested in July 2016 and both sentenced to five years in prison.

Mr. Zheng was ordered to serve time at Xinmi Prison, where his health declined quickly and he couldn't eat as a result. He received fluid food through a feeding tube. He developed throat cancer after undergoing a tracheotomy at the prison hospital. He was released on medical parole towards the end of 2018. 

As most of his savings and personal assets were confiscated during numerous police raids in the persecution, he couldn't afford the medical treatment and struggled to care for himself at home alone.

His wife is still serving time at Xinxiang Women's Prison and could not be with him when he passed away on August 11, 2019.

Related reports:

Married Couple Jailed for Practicing Falun Gong—Husband Paroled After Undergoing Tracheotomy in Prison

The Persecution of Mr. Zheng Xianjin's Family in Huaiyang, Henan Province