Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Veteran HK actress Lydia Sum dies

Veteran Hong Kong actress Lydia Sum, known for her iconic black-rimmed glasses and starring role in a range of film and TV comedies, has died at the age of 60.

The actress - affectionately known as Fei-fei, or "Fatty" - died at on Tuesday morning at Hong Kong's Queen Mary hospital.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, but Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK said Sum died after a protracted fight with liver cancer.

Sum was reportedly admitted to hospital two weeks ago after her condition worsened.
Born in Shanghai in 1947, Sum made her movie debut at age 13.

She appeared in more than 100 movies in Hong Kong and hosted more than 5,000 episodes of variety shows.

She also stared in the Singaporean English-language sit-com "Living with Lydia," which was broadcast in many Asian countries.

Donald Tsang, Hong Kong's chief executive, said "Hong Kong grew up with her laughter".

"She brought us a lot of joy," he said.

Sum is survived by ex-husband, actor Adam Cheng, and their daughter Joyce

Ref: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/577398FD-8CF8-4C8A-8E53-0A9B103524AD.htm

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