A local dance choreographer and program planner, Khoo Wei Ming passed away in his sleep on 7th March. The incident shocked and saddened those in the Malaysian entertainment circle.
The 56-year-old’s last Facebook post informed his friends that he was heading to KL via the bus to cut his hair. The next day, he was pronounced dead after passing away in his sleep.
Khoo Wei Ming (邱维铭), or Vinz Khoo to his students, is a dancer from Muar with more than 30 years of experience under his belt. When he was younger, he performed on stage with renowned artists such as Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Leslie Cheung and more. Khoo has also choreographed for events such as the “Entertainment Association Awards” award ceremony and “Top Ten Charity Shows”.
After the announcement of his passing, those who had worked with him in the entertainment scene expressed their condolences with messages. Local actress Lim Ching Miau (林静苗) posted a heartfelt goodbye on her Facebook page, thanking him for teaching her how to dance, despite her size. “Teacher, there are so many things I want to say to you, now… no more. Teacher, why do you have to be so sudden..” she wrote. “Teacher, I just recently wanted you to go live to teach me how to dance… Teacher…”
Khoo had also taught dance to local artist Datuk Elaine Kang ( 江梦蕾). The two have worked together over the years and his passing left the artist devastated. She received news of his death in the afternoon on 7th March, and had to take some time to sort her emotions afterwards. Apparently they had called each other on the 3rd of March and the artist said he sounded alright then.
According to Datuk Elaine, Khoo had started exercising and living a healthier lifestyle ever since he returned to his hometown. His passing was unexpected and many are still feeling the loss.