Gang of Four loses member

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PEKING (Reuter) - Wang Hongwen, one of the ultra-leftist Gang of Four that terrorised China during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, died on Monday aged 58, the official New China News Agency said yesterday.

Wang was sentenced to life imprisonment in January 1981 and was admitted to hospital in 1986, the agency said.

He was a henchman of Jiang Qing, the wife of Chairman Mao Tse-tung, in the Gang of Four, which wielded supreme power in Mao's name during the Cultural Revolution.