It’s known that Falun Gong backbone member Lai Shantao died of illness in Washington on the eve of “celebrating” the fake birthday of Li Hongzhi in May 2017. Li has banned dissemination of this news or any condolence activities within Falun Gong.
Lai Shantao, male, born in the study of Wukeng village, Jinsha Town, Yongding district, Longyan city, Fujian province on January 27, 1951. He gained a PhD in chemistry in the U.S. and served in the Catholic University of America. He retired in January 2013.
One of Falun Gong conveners in the U.S., Lai was chairman of “Washington Falun Dafa Society”. After May 2016, there has been no news about him on the website of Falun Gong.
On May 30, 2008, Lai boasted in an article published on Falun Gong website, “it’s approximately estimated that over one thousand people have succeeded in getting out of life danger or crisis by reciting the magical words of ‘Falun Dafa is good’ and ‘truth, kindness and tolerance are good’.”
In August 1998, together with other 12 doctors in the U.S. including Li Dayong, Yang Sen, Tang Zhong and Lai Shanzhong, Lai issued a letter titled “Voice of Overseas Students: Scholars and Students in North America Recommend Falun Dafa to You”. In this letter, he claimed that Falun Gong has “remarkable” effect on many chronic or difficult diseases.
When he was ill, Lai recited the magical words of ‘Falun Dafa is good’ and ‘truth, kindness and tolerance are good’ repeatedly but it didn’t work.
At a gathering of Falun Gong on May 14, Li Hongzhi boasted himself as “God” and “creator” of universe. However, he could no nothing about Lai’s illness but watched such a loyal backbone member die.