April 02, 2003

No More Tomorrows

I'm too stunned for words. Wish this had been an April Fools Joke

Leslie Cheung, 1956-2003

Actor Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing, one of Asia's best-loved Cantonese pop singers, jumped to his death in Hong Kong on Tuesday, a police source said.

Cheung, 46, jumped from the landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel in the Central business district early in the evening and left a suicide note, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

A police spokeswoman said a 46-year-old man with the surname Cheung plunged to his death from the hotel in the early evening, but declined to reveal the full name.

"The man was certified dead at hospital. His name is Cheung 'X' Wing and was aged 46. He left a suicide letter," she said but declined to comment.

Cheung, who acted in the pathbreaking 1993 film "Farewell My Concubine," was noted as one of the few Asian male stars to play openly gay characters, his biography on the Web site of booksellers Barnes and Noble says.

His acting career took off in 1986 when he starred opposite Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-Fat in John Woo's popular gangster movie "A Better Tomorrow."

The biography says Cheung, whose father was once a tailor to Hollywood actor William Holden, studied at Britain's Leeds University and launched his career as a pop singer by winning a prize in a Hong Kong music contest.

Cheung was one of Hong Kong's best-known evergreen singers and his love songs are well known among Chinese communities all over the world.

Posted by ronn at April 2, 2003 11:20 AM

Shocking, terribly shocking. Posted by: PatCH on April 2, 2003 02:06 PM
I hate April 1st: Marvin Gaye is killed by his dad. Leslie Cheung commits suicide. You have a terrible accident while away at a conference. Glad to know you're all right and even had the audacity to blog and post pics about the accident. :-) Posted by: ronn on April 2, 2003 03:07 PM
That was such a terrible shock. I heard they are postponing the big Hong Kong film awards event because of it. I've gotta say, this sentence "...his biography on the Web site of booksellers Barnes and Noble says" struck me as a sign of how lazy the press is becoming about seeking out information and fact checking in this internet age. I mean, "the biography on the website of B&N", is that really best source they could find? Posted by: Jay Smooth on April 4, 2003 10:39 PM
I think Lesile Cheung have full of potential and Successful in his career, his family also his friends feel upset about his dead, I can't believe that things can be happen on tv, radio or newspaper write a lot of things about him, I think he never dream thing he got to be complete and finish his task until his dead, and nobody want that he will doing that to kill himself or doing that to somebody loves him or cares about him, but i will always not to forget this,and i will put this memories in my heart Posted by: CheukWaLai on April 20, 2003 07:02 PM
Yes..Leslie's death is very tragic and painful...i know i am a little late but i still can't get over it.this is horrible..i thought he had everything but i guess money can't always buy u happiness.Leslie Cheung..may u RIP and u are forever loved and remembered! Posted by: Jenny on June 14, 2003 01:24 AM