Beijing- and London-based relatives of Heywood told Reuters in separateinterviews that they did not suspect foul play in his death. They both spoke on condition of anonymity.
“It’s preposterous. The more description (in the media), the darker it becomes,” the family member said, occasionally breaking into tears in an interview in the lobby lounge of a hotel on the outskirts of Beijing late on Thursday.
The family denied reports that Heywood was a spy and that he was cremated against their wishes.
“We requested the cremation. We were not forced to do so. We have no doubts about the police report,” said one family member.