Xu Yuanan


Age: 52

Chinese senior government official and former director of the Shenzhen Guangming New District Urban Management Bureau in southeast China who was in charge of an agency responsible for regulating the construction of the waste dump that triggered a massive landslide in the southern city of Shenzhen on Dec. 20, 2015 when the dump overflowed and engulfed 33 buildings in an industrial park killing at least seven people with more than 70 others still unaccounted for amid the avalanche of mud and debris in one of China's fourth man-made disaster this year, in which the investigation has ruled out the possibility of homicide despite the government warning earlier that those held responsible would be "seriously punished in accordance with the law".

Cause of Death: Suicide by self-defenestration

Born: 1963

Died: December 27, 2015

Shenzhen, China