His wife had been under house arrest to varying degrees since his Nobel victory in 2010, and was even prevented from leaving the country for medical treatment.
She left China on Tuesday for Berlin, Germany, her brother Liu Hui said in a message to friends who shared with CNN. Several sources confirmed that Liu Xia had left the country.
& # 39; Lighter life than dying & # 39;
In May, Liu Xia sent a desperate cry for help and said there was "nothing in the world for me".
In a seven-minute recording of a phone call on April 8 from Liao Yiwu ̵
"You can record this now: I'm so … angry that I'm ready to die here," she said. "When I'm dead, everything will be done."
Several foreign governments have asked Beijing to release Liu Xia, who has never been charged with crimes.
"If Ms. Liu is free, as the authorities expect, she should be allowed to peacefully exercise her right to freedom of expression and movement," they said.
The German Foreign Ministry said in May that it had discussed Liu's case with Beijing and "will continue to do so".