Death takes no holidays. It worked terribly hard last year.

That's the first line of a China Daily mass obituary for people who died in 2003. The fallen include the following:

- Xie Tian, Film director and actor who died aged 89.
- Ying Ruocheng, actor and former vice-minister of culture (74).
- Anita Mui, singer and movie star who lost her battle against cancer at age 40.
- Leslie Cheung, "the beautiful and versatile Hong Kong actress (46)" Er, Leslie Cheung was actually a man.
- "The 243 people who died in a blast at a natural gas field in Chongqing on December 23, 2003."

- "Official statistics found that there were 883,000 accidents in the workplace for 2003 up to the end of November, which claimed 120,890 lives. The figure remains large, regardless of government officials announcing it was 3 per cent less than the figure for the same period of the previous year. Accidents claiming 10 or more lives were on the rise. The bloody list of lethal accidents, from coal mine explosions to traffic accidents, has finally prompted resolute actions to shut tight the doors to death in the workplace."
- "In March 2003, Sun Zhigang, a 27-year-old graphic designer from Hubei Province, was detained for not having a residence permit for the southern city of Guangzhou, where he was living. Within days he had died while in police custody. In June two people were sentenced to death and 10 others received sentences up to life imprisonment for their roles in the beating death of Sun." The article then discusses the role the media played in stopping such abuses of police power.
- Liu Yong, a mafia leader in Shenyang, capital of Northeast China's Liaoning Province, almost had his life saved. He failed. China's Supreme Court, in a rare move, stepped in and sentenced Liu to death. Liu was convicted of a series of organized crimes such as racketeering, extortion and illegal possession of firearms.
- Li Yaoqi, former chairman of the Hainan International Investment Group, was executed for corruption in Haikou, in South China's Hainan Province, on December 29, 2003, after being convicted of illegally amassing about US$6 million and illegally channeling millions of dollars of stocks into his personal firm while his State-owned investment company went bankrupt.

The whole China Daily article can be found here.

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