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Veteran Hong Kong actor Liu Kai-chi dies at 66, had been battling stomach cancer

The actor was affectionately known as Uncle Chi. His management company announced last week that he had stopped working due to ill health.

Veteran Hong Kong actor Liu Kai-chi dies at 66, had been battling stomach cancer

Best Supporting Actor Liu Kai Chi (The Beast Stalker) holds his award aloft at the Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony in Hong Kong on April 19, 2009. (Photo: MIKE CLARKE / AFP)

Veteran Hong Kong actor Liu Kai-chi died on Sunday (Mar 28) night after a short illness, according to media reports. He was 66. The actor, affectionately known as Uncle Chi, had been battling stomach cancer in recent months.

His management company L&P Entertainment released a statement on Sunday saying that his family had been at his side when he died and that he had “returned to the arms of his heavenly father”. The statement also said that he died at Hong Kong’s Prince of Wales Hospital at 8.32pm.

Best supporting actor award winner, Chinese actor Liu Kai-chi arrives at the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA) presentation ceremony in Hong Kong on April 19, 2009. (Photo: PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP)

Liu’s wife, former TVB actress Barbara Chan, told Hong Kong media earlier this month that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in December.

Last week, the late actor’s management company announced that he had stopped working due to health problems.

Liu had acted in more than 90 dramas and 70 movies in his long career. He won best supporting actor awards for Cageman in 1993 and The Beast Stalker in 2009 at the Hong Kong Film Awards. He was nominated another six times, with the most recent one in 2019 for Project Gutenberg. 

He also acted in Toggle and ViuTV’s co-produced drama, Bluetick, as well as the film Imperfect, which was produced by and starred Singapore actor Li Nanxing. 

The statement from the agency also said that the family thanked medical staff for their care in the past few months, as well as the public and media for their concern and blessings.

Liu’s death comes a month after another veteran Hong Kong actor, Ng Man-tat, died. Ng died on Feb 27 at the age of 70 after being diagnosed with cancer last year.

READ: Late actor Ng Man-tat’s ashes to be brought back to Malaysia, according to his wishes

Source: CNA/sr

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