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Vietnam has lost a beloved comedian in Chí Tài, who passed away on Wednesday afternoon after experiencing a stroke at 62.
Untimely death: The Vietnamese star’s motionless body was discovered at the seventh floor’s staircase inside his apartment building in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, his former manager Knanh Hoang confirmed, reports Tuoi Tre News.
- He was rushed to the hospital and received emergency treatment.
- Tài died at 3:20 p.m. due to complications from a cardiac arrest.
- Fans and friends took to social media to lament the passing of the artist.
Chí Tài, a vietnamese comedian, just passed away at the age of 62. He was a legend of tv shows for generations. Now he’s gone. May he rest in peace 🙏 pic.twitter.com/0ErQEtsdvz— Tom 🎅🎄❄️ (@Tom_Nguy3n) December 9, 2020
RIP vietnamese comedian Chí Tài, grew up watching him with my family, gone too soon 😔🌹— Linda Tang (@lindaatangg) December 9, 2020
CHÍ TÀI PASSED AWAY???????? YOU’RE KIDDING ME HE WAS SUCH A BIG PART OF MY CHILDHOOD 🥺🥺— nini ✿ (@nxxbee) December 9, 2020
Remarkable career: The musician and actor, who rose to fame playing lead guitar for the band Chí Tài Brothers, has built his own huge following in Vietnam and in Vietnamese communities abroad.
- Born in 1958, Tài moved to the United States in 1981 to pursue a music career, according to Times24H.
- In the 1980s, he was already a certified star among the Vietnamese American community.
- A decade later, he shifted to comedy and became the other half of the comedic pair Hoai Linh – Chí Tài along with Vietnamese artist Hoai Linh.
- Tai kept himself busy upon his return to Vietnam, using his talents in television, theater and cinema.
- Among his most recent works include roles in Quant Dung Nguyen’s “Hello, Vietnam” in 2017 and “The Perfect Wedding” in 2019.