Last Friday (17th December), it was reported that award-winning actor Chen Sung-young (陳松勇) had sadly passed away. He was 80 years old.
Apart from the heartbreaking news of his passing, it was also revealed that Chen gifted 2 million TWD (RM302,000) in gold jewellery to his caretaker, identified as “Yule”, who is from Indonesia.
According to reports, Chen breathed his last at the Taoyuan Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, after battling a number of ailments for several years. His condition had worsen over the past month, and although doctors said that his life could be prolonged through dialysis, a source close to the actor said he refused medical treatment and opted for hospice care instead.
The Taiwanese actor launched his career in 1970 by starring in various popular dramas and films for decades, including a major role in the Hong Kong action comedy “Fong Sai-yuk” with Jet Li. He begged home a Golden Horse Award for his role in the historical drama “A City of Sadness” directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien in 1989.
Chen chose to retire from acting and the entertainment industry in 2000. His health had been steadily deteriorating. He suffered a stroke in 2006, a gastric ulcer in 2009, and a fall and pulmonary edema in 2016.
It was also reported that the actor never married and had no kids. But in recent years, he has been “extremely close” to Yule and already considers her as his own daughter. Before passing away, Chen stated that he would give his best for Yule as she had taken good care of him all this time.
In a previous interview, Chen wanted to provide for her so that his caretaker could buy land and start a business when she returns to Indonesia. In addition to the large sum of money, the deceased star also reportedly gifted Yule gold jewellery worth 1.2 million TWD (RM180,000).
May the late Chen Sun-young rest in peace.
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