Beijing — Former Chinese premier Li Peng — known as the “Butcher of Beijing” for his role in the Tiananmen Square crackdown — has died at the age of 90, state media said on Tuesday.

Li died of an unspecified illness in Beijing after he failed to respond to medical treatment late on Monday, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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