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Leading Chinese provincial official dead in apparent suicide

  • In this Thursday Jan. 01, 2015, photo, Liu Xiaohua, center, deputy secretary general of the Guangdong Communist Party committee rides a rental bike with officials after launching the rental bike system in Zhanjiang, southern China's Guangdong province. Liu, a leading official in China's southern manufacturing powerhouse of Guangdong province has been found dead in an apparent suicide, state media said Tuesday, June 14, 2016, underscoring the extreme pressure some local leaders are under over job stress and an ongoing crackdown on corruption. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

    In this Thursday Jan. 01, 2015, photo, Liu Xiaohua, center, deputy secretary general of the Guangdong Communist Party committee rides a rental bike with officials after launching the rental bike system in Zhanjiang, southern China's Guangdong province. Liu, a leading official in China's southern manufacturing powerhouse of Guangdong province has been found dead in an apparent suicide, state media said Tuesday, June 14, 2016, underscoring the extreme pressure some local leaders are under over job stress and an ongoing crackdown on corruption. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday Jan. 01, 2015, photo, Liu Xiaohua, center, deputy secretary general of the Guangdong Communist Party committee delivers a speech as he launches the rental bike system in Zhanjiang, southern China's Guangdong province. Liu, a leading official in China's southern manufacturing powerhouse of Guangdong province has been found dead in an apparent suicide, state media said Tuesday, June 14, 2016 underscoring the extreme pressure some local leaders are under over job stress and an ongoing crackdown on corruption. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

    In this Thursday Jan. 01, 2015, photo, Liu Xiaohua, center, deputy secretary general of the Guangdong Communist Party committee delivers a speech as he launches the rental bike system in Zhanjiang, southern China's Guangdong province. Liu, a leading official in China's southern manufacturing powerhouse of Guangdong province has been found dead in an apparent suicide, state media said Tuesday, June 14, 2016 underscoring the extreme pressure some local leaders are under over job stress and an ongoing crackdown on corruption. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT  (The Associated Press)

Chinese state media say a leading official in the southern manufacturing powerhouse of Guangdong province has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Liu Xiaohua apparently hanged himself at his home in the provincial capital of Guangzhou on Sunday. No other details were given and police refused to comment.

Liu was a deputy secretary general of the provincial Communist Party committee, making him one of the province's most powerful officials.

A number of suicides among provincial Chinese leaders have been reported in recent years, often linked to the nation's ongoing anti-corruption campaign that has placed officials under intense scrutiny.

It wasn't clear whether Liu was under investigation, although his death came as the province's anti-corruption watchdog body has been expanding its inspection work.