China has denied reports that former President Jiang Zemin died, after a Hong Kong television station announced his death.
The Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency denied the 84-year-old Jiang -- who reportedly still wields a lot of power -- had died, citing "authoritative sources."
Jiang is in poor health, and some reports say he is in intensive care at a Beijing military hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Hong Kong's Asia Television has publicly apologized for the report.
The broadcaster had interrupted its main newscast late on July 6 to announce solemnly that Jiang had died and said it would air a special one-hour program on Jiang, which it later cancelled.
compiled from agency reports