Actor Kenneth Tsang found dead in a quarantine hotel
Sylvie Claire / April 28, 2022
Kenneth Tsang, a pillar of the golden age of Cantonese cinema, was found dead Wednesday in a quarantine hotel room in Hong Kong after spending time abroad, local media reported.
Kenneth Tsang, 87, was discovered by hotel staff two days after his return from Singapore, several media outlets reported, including Now News, the South China Morning Post and the Oriental Daily.
Police said around noon they were informed that a body had been discovered by hotel employees. The deceased was an 87-year-old man with the name Tsang, according to the incident report.
For Hongkongers and Cantonese film buffs, Kenneth Tsang was a renowned actor, thanks to a career that spanned six decades and more than 200 roles listed in the IMDB film database.
While he began acting seriously in the 1960s, his most memorable roles came during the golden period of Hong Kong cinema in the 1980s and 1990s in films such as The Killer, Supercop, Peking Opera Blues and Once A Thief.
He was also one of the few Hong Kong stars of this era to enter Hollywood by playing supporting roles, mainly villains, in films such as The Replacement Killers, Die Another Day - a James Bond film - Anna and the King and Memoirs of a Geisha.
In what appears to be his last interview, Kenneth Tsang told Sin Chew Daily that he had just returned from a two-week trip to Malaysia and returned to Hong Kong via Singapore. He said he enjoyed the trip alone after being taken care of by others on almost all his previous trips in his life.
I will do a quarantine if I have to, he told the newspaper.
Like China, Hong Kong has adopted a zero Covid strategy, including closing its borders to foreign travelers. For residents, a period of isolation in a quarantine hotel is mandatory.