April-1st-2003, 05:32 PM
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RIP Leslie Cheung
Incredibly sad news. He was one of my favorite actors, and in my opinion one of the greatest actors of this generation. The article doesn't tell you about the many great films he appeared in. Not only John Woo's A BETTER TOMORROW, wire-fu epics A CHINESE GHOST STORY and THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR, Chen Kaige's FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE (just a brilliant performance) and Wong Kar-Wai's HAPPY TOGETHER. An incredible loss to the Chinese film industry and to world cinema in general.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Cantonese pop star and actor Leslie Cheung (news) Kwok-wing, who starred in the hit film "Farewall My Concubine," 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, declining to give details.
News about the singer's death was reported by Hong Kong television and radio, and was also posted on the Web site for his fans, www.lesliecheung.com.
"LEGEND FOREVER!!! Mr. Leslie Cheung passed away on April 1st, 2003," read the home page of the Web site in white letters against a black background.
Cheung 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 (news)'s popular gangster movie "A Better Tomorrow."
Cheung starred in the acclaimed 1993 film "Farewell My Concubine" which scooped a series of awards including the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (news - web sites).
"Please come back to me!!!" a fan, who identified himself as Louis, said on the www.lesliecheung.com Web site.
"Leslie -- why? why? why? why?" asked another fan.