Malaysian classical singer Jimmy Liew (刘汉文) had been planning to hold a solo concert in his hometown, Kuching next year. Unfortunately, his wish will never be fulfilled. The beloved artist passed away from cancer at the age of 60 on 16th February.
His good friend, Desmond Liew (刘伟强) had been the one to break the news. According to Desmond, Jimmy had been battling lymphoma cancer after being diagnosed five months ago. “(Jimmy) fainted in the market one morning and was rushed to the hospital,” Desmond shared. “He tested negative for Covid-19. Later, he was diagnosed with lymphoma because his nose was always blocked.”
Jimmy refuse to allow the news get to him. Desmond stated that he remained optimistic about his condition and actively cooperated with doctors for his treatment. “He underwent four chemotherapy treatments and his body had suffered many side effects, including becoming very weak and tired easily,” Desmond mentioned. However, Jimmy passed away due to complications before he could complete his treatment.
Mercifully, Jimmy did not pass alone. “Our good friends were all (there) to see him off,” Desmond said. “And he passed away peacefully.” Currently, two of his nephews have flown to Kuala Lumpur from Sarawak to assist in handling the funeral. According to China Press, the wake will be held at the Nirvana Memorial Hall (富贵纪念). However, funeral arrangements are still underway.
Family and friends were heartbroken at how little time they had with Jimmy after his diagnosis. “He has always been strong in the fight with cancer, and he planned to go back to Kuching to hold a solo concert after his recovery,” Desmond stated. “Because of his goal, Jimmy was optimistic about recovering.” Desmond has always seen Jimmy as a humble, down-to-earth person who often participates in charity events to give back to society.
Jimmy may not have been prominent in the entertainment scene, but here’s no denying his work. He debuted in 1991 when he filmed an advert for Colgate. Jimmy then continued to work locally and was a part of several films and television productions, like “Kisah Benar”. He also made his mark when he came out in the top 8 in “Astro Classic Golden Melody (Astro经典名曲歌唱大赛)” in 2009. Additionally, he was Terengganu’s tourism ambassador in 2012. On top of his singing and acting skills, Desmond claimed Jimmy could cook and praised his meat dumplings.
Jimmy will surely be missed by many, both by his family and friends, and those who knew him from his work. Our condolences go out to his family. We hope they find peace in his passing.
Source: China Press