Defenders of human rights have questioned the sincerity of the medical reports transmitted by the authorities.
"Going to prison is part of that, and I have nothing to complain about".
Nothing has appeared in Chinese-language official media since Liu was diagnosed with cancer in late May.
Officials eventually agreed to invite Western doctors to join his medical team. Time and again they tried to silence him, and time and again they failed.
Although numerous Charter 08 signers were interrogated, only Liu was arrested and charged with trying to overthrow the government.
China today is far more confident of itself and its power relative to other countries, and analysts believe President Xi Jinping would be hard-pressed to see any benefit to releasing even the most celebrated dissident, especially in a year when a leadership transition is scheduled.
Along with activists Hou Dejian, Gao Xin and Zhou Tuo, Liu was dubbed a "junzi", or gentleman, for his leading role in the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. On Christmas Day 2009, the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court sentenced him to 11 years in jail, in addition to two years without political rights for inciting subversion of the state.
Jailed Chinese dissident and civil rights activist Liu Xiaobo has died aged 61. He said her husband dedicated his life to improving China and humankind and to pursuing justice and liberty.
State-run tabloid the Global Times said in an English-language editorial on its website early Friday morning that Liu's last days were politicized by overseas forces.
"More people share his views and more people are fearless - I believe that's what makes his effort worthwhile".
When the Chinese government sent troops and tanks into Beijing to quash the protests on the night of June 3-4, Liu persuaded some students to leave the square rather than face down the army. He was not present to receive the award in Oslo and was represented by an empty chair.
Born on December 28, 1955 in China's Jilin Province, Liu graduated with a bachelor's degree in literature from Jilin University in 1982 and a PhD degree in literature from Beijing Normal University in 1988.
Hu Jia, a dissident and friend of Liu's, said he was deeply saddened to hear the news of his worsening condition but vowed to do all he could to push for Liu's freedom. The greatest tribute we can now pay him is to continue the struggle for human rights in China and recognise the powerful legacy he leaves behind. He later was on its board of directors in the 2000s. He is survived by his wife and by his son from his first marriage. "We must do all we can to end Liu Xia's illegal house arrest and surveillance and ensure that she is no longer persecuted by the authorities". She has been denied from having any contact with the outside world.
A protester displays a picture of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo's detained wife Liu Xia during a demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 13, 2017.