The supervising physicians of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died of liver cancer at a Chinese hospital while still under police custody, said on Friday that they did everything they could to save his life.
The career of writer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo intersected often with China's pro-democracy movement.
Liu Xia's parents both died over the past year, and the poet, who was never interested in politics, has suffered from depression, according to friends.
Liu died from multiple organ failure, the authorities said, having not been allowed to leave the country for treatment for late-stage liver cancer as he wished.
He said the Chinese government must give Liu's remains to his family and grant his wife an exit visa to leave the country.
In a statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the human rights movement "in China and across the world has lost a principled champion who devoted his life to defending and promoting human rights, peacefully and consistently, and who was jailed for standing up for his beliefs".
In the wake of his death, China's government-influenced social media platforms have banned searches for his name, "Nobel", the word "candle", as well as "I have no enemies" - an essay Liu had prepared for his trial in 2009, that he wasn't allowed to read.
New 'Doctor Who' star to be revealed Sunday
After this year's Christmas episode, the Time Lord will "regenerate" into the "13th Doctor ", aka the new cast member. Capaldi said last week his regeneration as the Time Lord will be "more complicated than recent ones".
Activist Hu Jia said authorities were pressuring Liu's family to quickly cremate his body.
World leaders have praised Liu and called on China to release his widow, Liu Xia, from house arrest.
The committee's leader, Berit Reiss-Andersen, says the Chinese consulate in Oslo has refused to receive her visa application for travel so she can attend a possible funeral for Mr Liu.
"It is nonsense for (China), on the one hand, to commit itself to global rights protections in the exercise of its sovereignty and then, on the other, to say that holding it to such commitments is a violation of its sovereignty". He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010.
State-run tabloid the Global Times said in an English-language editorial on its website early Friday morning that Liu's last days were politicized by overseas forces. He died on the 13th July 2017 in the company of his wife, Liu Xia, who is now under house arrest.
In October 2010, Lui won the Nobel Peace Prize, but his wife, poet and artist Liu Xia, was then placed under house arrest, where she continues to be held without charge.
Amnesty International's China researcher Patrick Poon said Liu Xia's mental and physical health are also under extreme strain.
Flash flood watch in effect through Friday morning
A severe thunderstorm warning and flash flood alert has been issued for the same area through late Thursday night. At Toledo Express Airport, a cluster of thunderstorms dropped 1.47 inches between 4 and 7 a.m.
Liu is also known for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing.
"Hatred can rot a person's wisdom and conscience", Liu said in a statement he prepared for the trial.
China responded by lodging "stern representations" with countries that made remarks about Liu Xiaobo, including the United States, expressing its firm opposition, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing. Liu was serving an 11-year sentence for incitement to subvert state power.
Liu was jailed in 2008 after co-writing a petition calling for democratic reforms.
Protesters there called for Liu to be released during a recent visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule.
On July 13, Cruz delivered a speech on the Senate floor, stating, "The end goal has never been to merely rename a street, but rather to use that action to shine light on the Liu's and to pressure [China] to do the right thing". But officials insisted that Liu was receiving treatment from top Chinese doctors since being granted medical parole following his diagnosis in late May.
But he said he wasn't optimistic that the ruling Chinese Communist Party would allow Liu Xia to take up Germany's invitation.
Liu Xiaobo suffers respiratory failure
The Nobel laureate and his family, who are being closely guarded in the hospital, could not immediately be reached for comment. The Western doctors said the evacuation would need to take place soon before Mr Liu's condition deteriorates further.