Zhong Hui played a significant role in the conquest of Wei's rival state, Shu Han. Zhong Hui and Deng Ai were equal in rank in the campaign against Shu, but Zhong always considered himself more skilled than Deng. He later befriended the Shu general, Jiang Wei, and they plotted to rebel against Deng, starting a rebellion in 264, but the rebellion failed after Zhong Hui and Jiang Wei were discovered planning to execute several officers; the enraged officers revolted and killed Zhong Hui.
^ abcZhong Hui's biography in Records of the Three Kingdoms stated that he died at the age of 40 (by East Asian age reckoning) after a failed rebellion in 264. (姜維率會左右戰，手殺五六人，衆旣格斬維，爭赴殺會。會時年四十，將士死者數百人。) By calculation, his birth year should be around 225.