Hangzhou mayor Shao Zhanwei dies during NPC session

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 March, 2013, 2:55pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 March, 2013, 3:06pm

Shao Zhanwei, China’s NPC deputy and mayor of Hangzhou, died of a heart attack on Wednesday morning during the annual parliamentary session in Beijing, reported Xinhua state news agency. 

Shao was born in 1956 and became the mayor of Hangzhou in February 2011, according to Hangzhou’s official website.

The news shocked many netizens, who posted condolence messages on China’s social media sites.

“He’s a good official with a good reputation - it’s a shame,” commented one netizen.

The National People's Congress, China's top legislative body, was in session for the second day on Wednesday and is expected to end on March 17. 

Xinhua reported no further details.