In Memoriam: Celebrities we’ve lost in 2019

A tribute to the stars we've lost in 2019.

In Memoriam: Celebrities we’ve lost in 2019
In Memoriam: Celebrities we’ve lost in 2019
30 Dec 2019

In Memoriam: Celebrities we’ve lost in 2019

For better or worse, 2019 is coming to an end, with just two days to go before we usher in the start of a new decade. 

This year in particular was one fraught with sorrowful partings, with the passing of local actor Aloysius Pang, Korean starlets Sulli and Goo Hara, as well as Taiwanese model-actor Godfrey Gao, amongst others.

Before we wrap up the year, we pay tribute to the celebrities we’ve lost in 2019. They are dearly missed.

Aloysius Pang (Jan 24)
Aloysius Pang (Jan 24)
30 Dec 2019

Aloysius Pang (Jan 24)

Best remembered for: Life - Fear Not (2016), My Friends From Afar (2017)
Most recent work: From Beijing to Moscow (2019)

On January 20, news that Aloysius had been seriously injured in an overseas accident during his reservist was released. The next few days ignited a flurry of prayers and support, as the actor’s condition deteriorated. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old eventually succumbed to his injuries at 8.45pm on January 23.

In the days that followed, an outpouring of tributes to the actor was posted online, with many remembering Aloysius for his kindness and his maturity. At his memorial service, those who got up to give eulogies also made mention of the actor’s heart of gold.

Aloysius made his acting debut at the age of 9 as a child actor, acting in dramas like My Teacher, My Buddy and A Child’s Hope. He then stepped away from the spotlight for 8 years, returning to acting in 2012.

The actor’s most recent work was the Toggle Original series, From Beijing to Moscow which was filmed in October 2018.

A memorial event will be held by Noontalk Media at 3PM on January 5 2020, with 200 seats open to the public. As of press time, all seats have been taken up.

Photos: Aloysius Pang/Instagram

Lee Siu-kei (June 2)
Lee Siu-kei (June 2)
30 Dec 2019

Lee Siu-kei (June 2)

Best remembered for: The Young and Dangerous movie series (1996-1998)
Most recent work: The White Storm (2013)

For those who grew up on Hong Kong movies, particularly those made in the 90s, Lee Siu-kei should be a familiar name. The actor was a familiar face on the silver screen, playing cinema baddies and villains.

Lee Siu-kei was reported to have passed away in hospital at the age of 69, due to liver cancer on June 2. Siu-kei was a former triad member, who had decided to leave his life of crime behind after being given a role in a movie. He took a break from acting in 2015 after suffering a stroke.

Siu-kei was dubbed one of the “top four villains of Hong Kong cinema”, as he often played villainous roles. Due to his past as a triad member, he was well-versed in the ways of triad members, and often acted as one on screen.

Photos: PBE Media

Jeon Mi-seon (June 29)
Jeon Mi-seon (June 29)
30 Dec 2019

Jeon Mi-seon (June 29)

Best remembered for: Memories of Murder (2003) & Moon Embracing the Sun (2012)
Most recent work: The King’s Letters (2019)

Korean actress Jeon Mi-seon was found dead in a hotel on June 29 this year, in what is believed to be a suicide. She was believed to be suffering from depression.

The actress made her acting debut in 1986, and was a former child actress. The 48-year-old went on to star in a large variety of movies and drama series throughout her career, including the dramas Memories of Murder & Moon Embracing the Sun, and Reply 1988. She often portrayed the role of a mother on-screen.

Photos: Boas Entertainment, My Last Love/Youtube

Bai Yan (Aug 19)
Bai Yan (Aug 19)
30 Dec 2019

Bai Yan (Aug 19)

Best remembered for: We Are Family (1988)
Most recent work: Celebrating 25 Years Of Chinese Drama (2007)

Bai Yan passed away in the wee hours of the morning of August 19 this year. The thespian may have only made his television debut in 1985, at the age of 65, but became a household name after taking on many roles in local television. Although he officially retired from television in 1996, he remained an integral part of showbiz. His 100th Chinese birthday celebration in May this year was attended by a large number of local actors and crew members.

Photo: Toggle

Sulli (Oct 14)
Sulli (Oct 14)
30 Dec 2019

Sulli (Oct 14)

Best remembered for: Real (2017) & her work as a f(x) member (2009-2015)
Most recent work: Solo music single ‘Goblin' (2019)

Born Choi Jin-ri, Sulli made her debut as a child actress at the age of 9. She later debuted as a member of the Korean girlgroup f(x) in 2009. She promoted with the group for 6 years, leaving in 2015 to focus on her solo career.

Sulli was known for being outspoken, and often acted contrary to societal norms, causing her to be a topic of discussion both online and offline. She was a fixed cast member of the variety show, The Night of Hate Comments, where celebrities read and discuss hate comments left about them online. 

The 25-year-old was found dead in her apartment on October 14, as a result of suicide. Her death reignited talk about the consequences of cyber-bullying in South Korea. Taiwanese actor-singer Aaron Yan also made a post against cyber-bulling in the wake of her passing.

A law titled ‘Sulli's Law’, which is meant to battle and reduce the number of malicious comments, is said to be in the process of being introduced into the country’s legislation.

Photos: Sulli/Instagram

Goo Hara (Nov 24)
Goo Hara (Nov 24)
30 Dec 2019

Goo Hara (Nov 24)

Best remembered for: Solo debut EP, 'Alohara (Can You Feel It?)’ (2015), her work as a KARA member (2008-2016)
Most recent work: Music single 'Midnight Queen' (2019)

Goo Hara joined the Korean girlgroup KARA in 2008, making her showbiz debut. Whilst active as a member of KARA, Hara also took on a number of acting projects. After KARA’s disbandment in 2016, Hara pursued a career as a solo singer and an actress. KARA achieved great success in Japan, and were especially popular there.

In 2018, the 28-year-old's dispute with her ex-boyfriend, hairstylist Choi Jong Beom made the news after she called the police on him. Hara later sued Jong Beom for blackmailing her with a sex tape he had secretly recorded while they were still dating.

In May 2019, Hara was hospitalised following a suicide attempt. She then took time off from work to recuperate in Japan. In November, it was reported that Hara had been found dead at home, in a case of suicide. It is widely believed that she was also affected by Sulli's passing in October as they were close friends.

Photos: Goo Hara/Instagram

Godfrey Gao (Nov 27)
Godfrey Gao (Nov 27)
30 Dec 2019

Godfrey Gao (Nov 27)

Best remembered for: Face of Louis Vuitton’s 2011 ad campaign, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013), Remembering Lichuan (2016)
Most recent work: We Are All Alone (2019)

Taiwanese model-actor Godfrey Gao collapsed on the set of Chinese variety show, Chase Me, in the wee hours of the morning on November 27, and passed away later that day. It was reported that the cause of the actor's death was a heart attack.  

Following his passing, tributes began to pour in from his celebrity colleagues and friends. A number of celebrities also spoke up, citing excessively long working hours as a main cause of their fatigue. His funeral was held on December 15.

Godfrey first made his debut as a model in 2004, where he captured the attention of the public for his good looks. He subsequently made his acting debut 2 years later in 2006. His career took off when he was named the face of Louis Vuitton’s 2011 ad campaign, and he made his Hollywood debut 2 years later in the movie The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones.

Chinese drama viewers will remember the 35-year-old for his role in the 2016 drama, Remembering Lichuan, where he starred as the titular character.

Photos: PBE Media

Lin Liyun (Dec 14)
Lin Liyun (Dec 14)
30 Dec 2019

Lin Liyun (Dec 14)

Best remembered for: CID 83 (1983)
Most recent work: The Oath (2011)

Former actress Lin Liyun passed away in hospital on Dec 14 from pneumonia at the age of 58. She was also diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy in 2010.

Liyun was a frequent face on local television in the 1980s, appearing in a number of dramas including CID 83 and The Young Heroes.

Photo: 8world


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