It was only after his death on Saturday (April 20) did many find out that veteran actor Huang Wenyong had been suffering from cancer.
The actor, who shot to fame through his portrayal of the earnest Chinese migrant Ah Shui in the drama The Awakening, died of lymphoma at age 60 on Saturday evening (April 20).
According to a report in The New Paper, his good friend, actor Chen Guohua, revealed why Huang had kept his medical condition a secret.
“Wenyong told very few people about it.
Many of his friends, colleagues and even higher-ups in his company didn’t know what he was suffering from,‘ Chen, 52, told The New Paper at Huang’s wake on Sunday (April 21).
“But that’s him.
He’s a very caring person who wanted to go through this by himself.
He didn’t want people to worry for him.
‘Chen had said that he was only one of the few people who knew about Huang's condition.
Photos showing him looking haggard at Channel 8’s 30th Drama Anniversary Show in November, spurred Huang to for health check-ups.
He told the media then that he lost about 8kg due to stomach flu, and said that the flu was a chronic one.
In the last seven months, the actor had reassured his fans and friends via media reports that he was fine and was suffering from a bad bout of stomach flu.
Photos: TNP, STPhotos 1 to 4 show, images at the veteran actor's wake.
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