BEIJING — Bo Yibo, the last of the "Eight Immortals" who led China through the tumultuous 1970s and '80s, has died, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. He was 98.
Hong Kong's Phoenix Satellite Television said Bo died Monday at a hospital in the Chinese capital.
No cause of death was announced.
Bo, the father of China's Commerce Minister Bo Xilai, was a veteran of the 1949 communist revolution and a former vice premier.
He was the last of the "Eight Immortals," the group of revolutionary veterans who included supreme leader Deng Xiaoping and led China through the launch of economic reforms in 1979 and the upheaval of 1989, the year of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.
Bo, a conservative, was believed to be a supporter of the decision to use military force to crush the protests.
The other immortals were former Presidents Yang Shangkun and Li Xiannian, economic planner Chen Yun, army Gen. Song Renqiong and senior party figures Peng Zhen and Wang Zhen.