SPECULATION about the health of Chinese patriarch Deng Xiaoping was rife again yesterday following his daughter Deng Lin's last-minute cancellation of an art exhibition in Macau. Ms Deng cited her own health problems for postponing the event, scheduled to open today, to October. Chinese sources in Hong Kong said, however, that other Deng offspring had kept to overseas travelling schedules. Businessman son Deng Zhifang, who is a top executive of the Hong Kong-based Shougang Concord Grand (Group), has visited the territory twice this month and a Deng grandchild was seen in Hong Kong this week. The Portuguese news agency Lusa yesterday quoted the organiser of the exhibition, President of the Macau Urban Council Sales Marques as saying: 'Due to a long period of hospitalisation [Ms Deng] had no time to prepare the exhibition, deciding to hold it at the end of the year.' During her visit to Macau last month, the patriarch's eldest daughter appearedto be in good health. Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry yesterday denied reports about Mr Deng's imminent death. 'I have been authorised to say that for a man in his 90s Comrade Deng Xiaoping's health is generally in a good state and I have no reason to change that statement,' said spokesman Chen Jian.