Lee Heung-kam, a veteran Cantonese opera singer and actress, has died at the age of 88.
Rushed to hospital: Last Monday, Lee was brought to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei after losing consciousness, according to the South China Morning Post.
- Lee’s daughter, Siu Ji-wan, shared with Hong Kong broadcaster TVB that her mother “suddenly lost consciousness and did not respond this morning when her nurse was feeding her at home.”
- The iconic celebrity died later that afternoon.
- Lee’s health was already in decline weeks before her death. Siu mentioned that her mother had switched to a liquid diet due to struggles with swallowing solid food.
- Lee reportedly suffered from a chronic illness, and it had been several years since she last made a public appearance.
Lee’s Legacy: Over the course of more than 60 years, Lee acted in dozens of TV dramas in addition to almost 400 films.
- Before making her screen debut in 1956, Lee trained in Cantonese opera and played several supporting actress roles.
- Lee joined the entertainment industry at the age of 16, shifting from Cantonese opera to TV and film.
- In 1972, Lee started acting for TVB. For decades, she would grace TV screens around Hong Kong with her various characters, from loving mother figures to concubines and villains.
- In 2011, Lee received a lifetime achievement award from TVB, signaling her significance to Hong Kong’s entertainment industry.
Feature Image via TVB (official)