Mr. Yang Yide, 73 years old, was a retiree from the Neijiang City Electricity Bureau in Sichuan Province. In 1996, Mr. Yang and his wife started practicing Falun Gong. After doing the exercises, Mr. Yang recovered from work-related injuries. Since July 20, 1999, Mr. Yang's wife has appealed for justice for Falun Gong and handed out truth-clarification materials many times. Because of that, she has been illegally detained, and sent to a forced labor camp and forced brainwashing centers on many occasions. The police also extorted money from her, as much as several tens of thousands of yuan. In addition, Mr. Yang's work unit, the local 610 Office and the police frequently harassed and threatened him. Their home was ransacked several times. On October 4, 2004, Mr. Yang suffered a stroke and passed away.