Jiang Zemin: Is he dead or alive?

No one is sure. Yesterday, Chinese social media was abuzz with rumors that the former leader of the People's Republic of China had died after he was absent from last week's celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Some said Jiang died of heart disease, others said he suffered from cancer.

Internet censors are quick to snap up any mention of Jiang's death on popular search engines like Sogou.com. Viewers are blocked by China's Great Firewall whenever they click on any story referring to the ex-leaders potential demise.

Why is Jiang Zemin, who would now be 84-years-old, still important enough for Chinese censors to cringe over the mention of his death?

We at IBTimes are bringing you Jiang's legacy in pictures and videos.

 

UPDATE: Jiang Zemin Dead? 'Pure Rumor' Says Xinhua [FULL TEXT]