Liang Boqi 1918-2013 The widow of Zhao Ziyang, the late Communist Party chief removed from office for opposing the military crackdown against student democracy protestors in 1989, has died. Liang Boqi, 95, died "peacefully" on Wednesday evening at Beijing Hospital, her family said in a text message sent to friends and relatives yesterday morning. Liang's husband, Zhao, was a former general secretary of the party who was stripped of power in 1989 before troops moved in against protesters in Tiananmen Square. She endured house arrest in Beijing with Zhao, where he spent the last 15 years of his life. He died in January 2005, aged 85. Liang had suffered from dementia and had only limited eyesight because of cataracts, said a long-time friend of the family who declined to be named. She was still unaware of her husband's death at the time of her own passing, the family friend said. Her children had not told her before because of her dementia. "She could not recognise people," the source said. The text message sent to friends and relatives said Liang's funeral would be simple, according to her wishes. "I reckon the funeral will be handled in a low-profile manner," the friend said. "It's impossible to hold a mass funeral for her because of Zhao Ziyang." Zhao's funeral in 2005 touched a raw nerve for the authorities who feared dissidents might use the event to bring up the sensitive issue of the June 4 crackdown and challenge the rule of the Communist Party. Liang was born in 1918 and joined the party in the 1930s. She was Zhao's subordinate when he was the party chief of Hua county, Henan province, in the late-1930s and early-1940s. She was later deputy head of the Guangdong provincial organisation department, party secretary of the Sichuan provincial foreign trade bureau and a vice-ministerial cadre at the organisation department at the party's central committee. Liang and Zhao were married in 1944.