Another legend has left us.
Chu Ke Liang (豬哥亮), the veteran Taiwanese comedian famed for movies such as “The New Legend Of Shaolin” and “The Wonderful Wedding”, has passed away from liver failure. He was 70.
According to the National Taiwan University in Taipei where he was warded for the past few weeks, he died peacefully in his sleep at 5:08am this morning (Monday, 15th May). His family has also released a short statement around 7am, saying, “We hope we will continue to bring laughter in heaven.”
The actor was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2014 and had been struggling for around 2 years with the terminal illness. He also underwent a surgery in October last year but his condition worsened after the cancer spread to his liver.
Born Hsieh Hsin Ta, the comedian was well-known for his flamboyant hairstyle, coarse humour, and slapstick comedy. He broke into the scene in the 1980s with “Chu Ke-liang Cabaret Show” and was dubbed one of Taiwan’s biggest TV stars.
Sadly, he racked up debts of over NT$1 billion (around RM143 million) from gambling and reportedly went into hiding to avoid paying the debts.
However, he made his comeback in 2009 after his creditor agreed to slash off 80% of his debt. He hosted a new variety show titled “Zhuge Huishe” after his comeback and dropped his first music album in the following year.
Rest in peace, Chu Ke Liang 🙁 You’ll always be missed.