'Ah Beng bad boy' actor and getai artiste Ah Nan dies of heart attack

22 January 2013 / 3 years 9 months ago

Veteran getai compere, singer and actor John Cheng (钟耀南), known affectionately among his fans as Ah Nan, has died of a heart attack.For decades, Ah Nan has been a familiar sight in his trademark multicoloured suit on Getai stages during the annual Hungry Ghost Festival.In 1998 John branched out into acting, scoring a role in local production Money No Enough, followed by another role in Liang Po Po the next year. Cheng is best known for portraying ah beng 'gangsters', a reference to his alleged past career as a loan shark. In I Not Stupid, however, he went against the grain, taking on a minor role as a police officer tasked with rescuing hostages.His death was reported on Lianhe Wanbao's facebook page this morning (Jan 22), where many of his fans expressed their condolences.Ah Nan has worked closely with Stomp in the past for its annual Getai coverage on Getai A-Go-Go, while continuing to host shows including this recent one at Arumugam Road.Check out the gallery for Ah Nan as most would remember him, as a fast-talking Getai compere.View all his videos from past getai performances here

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