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A Long Life Comes to an End
Mao died on September 9, 1976 at the age of eighty-two. His body became a factor in the struggle to succeed him. Anyone wishing to honor his earlier desire to be cremated would have been politically doomed, and his corpse was therefore embalmed for permanent preservation and display. It was eventually housed in a dedicated memorial hall constructed in Tiananmen Square. (See the Mao Mausoleum page of the Tiananmen Square tour.) Unfortunately, the embalmers didn't quite make it to the corpse in time, and it bears the unmistakable signs of decay.
With Mao’s death, the Cultural Revolution had finally come
to an end.
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