Mona Fong, former managing director of TVB and an influential figure in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry, has died at the age of 83.
Fong died peacefully at 5:28 p.m. on Wednesday at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital with her family by her side, the broadcaster said in a statement.
While the cause of death was not revealed, it was understood that she had suffered from a blood-related illness for the past six months. The disease weakened her immune system.
She was last seen in public on Sept. 26 and appeared healthy at an awards ceremony named after her husband, Hong Kong media mogul Sir Run Run Shaw, who died in 2014.
Born Lee Mong-lan in Shanghai in 1934, Fong moved to Hong Kong in the late 1940s. She worked as a stage singer from a very young age.
She met Shaw at the age of 17 when she performed in a nightclub in Singapore. In 1969, she formally joined the film production company Shaw Brothers.
After becoming a director of the company in 1988, Fong helped Shaw oversee the daily operation of Shaw Brothers and TVB, of which Shaw Brothers is the parent company. She became managing director of Shaw Brothers in 1996, according to media reports.
She married Shaw in Las Vegas in 1997 and became his second wife, making them the most influential couple in the local entertainment industry in the following years.
Fong was appointed deputy chairwoman of TVB in October 2000 and assumed the roles of acting managing director in 2006 and subsequently managing director in 2009. While retiring the end of March 2012 as deputy chairwoman and managing director, Fong remained a non-executive director until her death.
Fong’s passing was mourned by many people in the entertainment business who expressed their condolences after learning about the sad news.
TVB said details regarding the funeral will be announced later.
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