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A Chinese man has died at a rehabilitation centre after 'not eating for 54 days' during so-called 'health treatment', according to reports.
The 27-year-old victim's family said he had moved into the private care facility to follow a self-proclaimed Qigong master, Liu Shanglin.
The man, kynghidongduong.vn known by his surname Li, died on Sunday after allegedly being ordered by his teacher to go on the extreme diet by living off water for 70 days to improve his health.
A Chinese man (pictured left) has died at a rehabilitation centre after 'not eating for 54 days' for so-called 'health treatment' offered by a self-proclaimed Qigong master (pictured right)
The self-appointed expert was detained yesterday by police in Tieli of China's north-eastern province Heilongjiang.
Mr Li, a university graduate, had been living at the health centre since 2017 after struggling with mental problems, his family told [ ].
The facility, Riyuexia Elderly Forest Rehabilitation Centre, is owned by Mr Liu, the self-proclaimed Qigong master.
Qigong, which is thought to cultivate energy. While some claim it can heal the body, help others and also reconnect a person with their spiritual side.
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Mr Li was said to have come to the health centre to follow the self-appointed spiritual guru, Mr Liu, who offers a range of so-called 'health treatment'.
Mr Liu had told his student to go on a 70-day diet - by only consuming water - to improve the university graduate's health, according to Mr Li's father.
Mr Li reportedly paid over 5,000 yuan (£569) for the treatment, his uncle told Chinese news outlet [ ].
The facility, Riyuexia Elderly Forest Rehabilitation Centre, is owned by Mr Liu, the self-proclaimed Qigong master. Mr Liu is pictured giving a speech to his students at the centre
Over 300 people attended a 'Forest Yoga' programme held by the self-appointed master last year, according to the facility's social media page. The picture shows the students in the event
Though officials have yet to reveal more details about the incident, it is suspected by the Chinese media that Mr Li was told to follow the extreme method for being overweight.
An anonymous staff member told [ ]: 'The kid didn't have any problems. He just talks to himself a little bit sometimes.
'He was quite heavy. He was about 180 kilos (397 pounds). The teacher then asked him not to eat and said it was good for his health,' the worker added.
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