Hua Guofeng, Mao’s Successor, Dies
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BEIJING — The official Xinhua News Agency says former Chinese leader Hua Guofeng has died at the age of 87.
Hua ruled China for only a few months after he succeeded communist founder Mao Zedong in 1976. Deng Xiaoping pushed Hua aside as a prelude to reforms that launched an economic boom.
State broadcaster CCTV says Hua died today. Xinhua says the cause of death was an unspecified illness.