During the campaign against Dong Zhuo, the Guandong coalition asked Liu Yu to declare himself emperor, since he was a member of the extended family of the Han Dynasty emperors, but Liu Yu refused. He was later killed by the warlord Gongsun Zan under false accusations that he was plotting to seize the throne.
Ancestor: Liu Jiang (劉彊), Prince Gong of Donghai, deposed crown prince of Emperor Guangwu
Grandfather: Liu Jia (劉嘉), served as Minister of the Household
Father: Liu Shu (劉舒), served as Administrator of Danyang
Son: Liu He (劉和), served as Palace Attendant (侍中). He was captured and held hostage by Yuan Shu but later escaped to join Yuan Shao. He sought revenge with his father's former subordinates against Gongsun Zan after Gongsun killed his father.