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Liu Xiaobo's Body Cremated in Private Ceremony

A bouquet of flowers is placed on a chair that reads ''Mourning Liu Xiaobo'' in front of his image during a ceremony to mourn late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu, China's most famous political prisoner, at Democracy Square in Taipei, Taiwan, July 14, 2017.

China says the body of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died this week after a battle with liver cancer, has been cremated.

The government of the city of Shenyang in northeastern China, where Liu was treated, said in a briefing that the cremation took place Saturday morning in a ceremony attended by family and friends.

The wife and other family members of China's best-known political prisoner have been closely guarded by Chinese authorities and largely out of contact with the outside world.

Liu died Thursday from multiple organ failure. Foreign governments and Liu's supporters had urged China to release Liu and his wife to allow them to seek treatment abroad, but Beijing dismissed those requests.