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Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo has died at age 61

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Nobel Peace Prize-winning Chinese human rights advocate Liu Xiaobo has died at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer.

Authorities in Shenyang, China, where Liu was being treated, announced his death on Thursday. Liu died of multiple organ failure.

Liu gained medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in May. He had been serving an 11-year sentence in the northeastern region of China after being charged for his involvement in a pro-democracy manifesto called Charter 08.

Liu's imprisonment after being diagnosed sparked outcry. Leaders from across the world, including German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, urged the Chinese government to allow the activist to be medically treated overseas.

Liu gained notoriety for his protests and advocacy for democracy. He was born in China but was later a scholar at Columbia University, the University of Osla and the University of Hawaii. He returned to his native country and took part in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

In 1996, Liu was sent to a labor camp in China for three years after demanding clemency for people who joined the demonstrations.

During his lifetime Liu published prolific amounts of literature criticizing the Chinese government and its censorship of citizens. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while imprisoned in 2010.

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