A fruit juice shop in Discovery Bay has been flooded with condolence notes and floral bouquets after its owner died in a suspected suicide incident on Saturday.
The outpouring of sympathy and grief over the death of Sam Kwok is a testament to the popularity of the 58-year-old who has been known as “Uncle Sam” to the local residents.
Kwok opened Fresh Fruit Juice Paradise about 20 years ago, making it one of oldest outlets in Discovery Bay.
Always greeting people with a friendly smile, Kwok became something of an institution in the residential estate.
The warm tributes that poured in following the news of his passing is a reflection of the goodwill he enjoyed in the community, news website hk01.com noted.
Besides his delicious juices and fair prices, Kwok was famous for his sunny disposition and readiness to strike up conversations with customers and neighbors.
That has helped him win many friends — both locals and foreigners. Kwok was also popular among children.
Hence, talk of a suicide has come as a shock to all those who knew him.
According to the hk01.com report, police believe Kwok took his life by burning charcoal in a closed room on the night of March 12 at his home in Peng Chau.
A nephew is said to have alerted the police.
A suicide note left by Kwok suggested that he was unhappy because of money and health problems.
However, his family has denied rumors that he committed suicide because he faced pressure from a rent hike, according to Apple Daily.
The juice shop has been shuttered since Kwok’s death.
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