News of former Hong Kong actress Yammie Lam’s passing sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry when it broke on November 3. Initial reports revealed that the 55-year-old’s body had been found by a friend at home on that day. It was presumed that the former actress had passed on a few days prior to the discovery, as her body had begun decomposing by then.
Yammie was famed for her role as Spider Woman in 1995 Hong Kong fantasy-comedy film A Chinese Odyssey. She eventually left the industry after she was admitted into a mental institution in 1999, and led a quiet life out of the spotlight after being declared bankrupt in 2006. In 2013, she filmed a video interview, alleging that two entertainment industry bigwigs had raped her in her youth.
Chinese singer Yang Man Li posted a tribute to her good friend, writing, “Lam jie, missing the days where we sang, ate and shopped together. Hope that Heaven treats you well, rest in peace.”
Man Li shared that she last spoke to Yammie a month ago, and that Yammie had a severe cough then. However, she was still lucid, and showed no signs of confusion.
She also shared that a number of directors had approached Yammie with offers of acting roles, and that the former actress had a dream project in mind.
“She really wanted to film a Chinese remake of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, to tell everyone that she was of sound mind, and that she had been dealt a bad hand by others,” Man Li said.
In other related news, Yammie’s sister has been contacted by the authorities, after a multiple-day search for the 55-year-old’s next-of-kin. The Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild has also offered their assistance with funeral arrangements for Yammie.
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