Former top Chinese military official Xu Caihou dies of cancer during bribery investigation

March 16, 2015 12:06 PM

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Former top Chinese military official Xu Caihou dies of cancer during bribery investigation

In this July 14, 2004 photo, Xu Caihou, then member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Director-general of General Political Department? of the People's Liberation Army, shakes hands with members of the paramilitary force in Changchun in northeast China's Jilin province. Former No. 2 military official Xu, who was under investigation for alleged massive bribe-taking, has died in a hospital of cancer, the state Xinhua News Agency reported early Monday March 16, 2015. He was 71.(AP Photo) CHINA OUT (The Associated Press)

BEIJING – The Chinese military's former second-highest ranking officer, Xu Caihou died in a hospital of cancer while he was being investigated on suspicion of taking bribes and brokering promotions, state media reported early Monday. He was 71.

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