A sad demise.

Kenneth Tsang, pillar of the "golden age" of Cantonese cinema, was found dead on Wednesday in a quarantine hotel room in Hong Kong, after spending a stay abroad, local media reported. .

The 87-year-old actor was discovered by hotel staff two days after returning from Singapore, multiple outlets reported, including

Now News

, the

South China Morning Post


the Oriental Daily


Police said around noon they were told a "body" had been discovered by hotel workers.

The deceased was an 87-year-old man named Tsang, according to the incident report.

A renowned actor and a career spanning six decades

For Hong Kongers and Cantonese film fans, Kenneth Tsang was a household name actor, thanks to a career that spanned six decades and more than 200 roles listed in the IMDB film database.

While he began acting in earnest in the 1960s, his most memorable roles were performed during Hong Kong's golden era of cinema in the 1980s and 1990s in films such as

The Killer


Supercop, Peking Opera Blues


Once A Thief


He was also one of the few Hong Kong stars of that era to break into Hollywood playing supporting roles, mostly villains, in films like

The Replacement Killers


Die Another Day

– a James Bond film –

Anna and the King


Memoirs of a Geisha


“I will quarantine if necessary”

In what appears to be his final interview, Kenneth Tsang told

Sin Chew Daily

that he had just returned from a two-week trip to Malaysia and flew back to Hong Kong via Singapore.

He said he relished the solo trip after being looked after by others on nearly every previous trip in his life.

“I will quarantine if necessary,” he told the newspaper.

Like China, Hong Kong has adopted a zero Covid strategy, including closing its borders to foreign travellers.

For residents, a period of isolation in a quarantine hotel is mandatory.

For much of last year the period was 21 days, recently it was reduced to seven days.


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