From a close friend, who is an excellent writer (and definitely my favourite Reiter).
On Tuesday, all China Daily employees were asked to wear black, white or gray in honor of a fellow employee who died last week from a brain hemorrhage. Li Xing was based in the United States, but started her career in Beijing in 1981, when the newspaper opened.
She worked in many departments throughout her 30 years, and eventually rose up in the ranks to become the chief US correspondent and assistant editor-in-chief.
I would say it was a definite shock to everyone here that she died.