XI'AN, April 29, 2016 (Xinhua) -- File photo taken on Sept. 8, 2011 shows writer Chen Zhongshi speaking on the opening ceremony of the First Shaanxi Xi'an International Drama Festival in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Li Yibo)
XI'AN, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Chen Zhongshi, celebrated writer and vice chairman of the China Writers Association, died at the age of 73 on Friday morning in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province.
Chen lost battle against cancer and died in hospital at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, according to sources with the Shaanxi provincial writers association.
A native of Xi'an, Chen worked as a teacher before he became a local cultural official. His best-known novel, "Bai Lu Yuan" (White Deer Tableland), took the Mao Dun Literature Prize in 1997.