Renowned Cantonese opera performer Lam Kar-sing died Tuesday night at Kwong Wah Hospital at the age of 82, am730 reported Thursday.
Acting Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor expressed deep sorrow on the passing of Lam.
She said he was a master of our age with his superb achievements in the conservation and development of Cantonese opera.
Carrie Lam said his death is a great loss for the people of Hong Kong but that his spirit will last.
The singer’s family said he collapsed after dinner at home Tuesday night and was rushed to Kwong Wah Hospital.
He was pronounced dead at 11:13 p.m., surrounded by his elder and younger sisters, other relatives and his apprentices.
His son, Lam Yun-sang, will return from Canada to take care of his father’s funeral, which is scheduled for Aug. 20.
Apprentice Chow Chun-kee said his master passed away peacefully with no regrets, having dedicated his whole life to raising new talent for Cantonese opera.
Lam Kar-sing was a dedicated student of Cantonese opera masters Sit Kok-sin and Tang Chiu Lan-fong and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2010 for his contribution to the art form.
Respected Cantonese opera performers Law Kar-ying and Liza Wang Ming-chun mourned the loss of the master, hailing Lam as a star performer and a dedicated mentor in unearthing and promoting new talent.
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