A 1,500-year-old Chinese man was buried alive in a shallow grave in a village in Henan province, authorities said Monday.
The man was cremated and the body was sent to Henan’s city hall, where it was taken to a morgue, said Chen Jingyuan, the deputy mayor of Hebei province.
The burial took place in a remote village in the eastern province of Henan on Sept. 25, officials said.
A funeral service was held in the village on Sept 30.
The man had suffered a stomach ulcer after drinking too much, according to a report by state-run news agency Xinhua.
The local funeral director said the man died of a heart attack, according the Xinhua report.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
The case has prompted some people in the town of Xiangyang to take matters into their own hands, Chen said.
Local people say the man was a prominent citizen who lived in Xiangyang with his wife, son and daughter, according a report in the Beijing Evening News.