Renowned novelist and columnist Eunice Lam Yin-nei died on Sunday at the age of 75 after battling lung cancer for some time.
Often referred to as the “Prodigal Daughter” and “Talented Woman” of Hong Kong, Lam, who wrote many popular romantic novels, was said to have been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016.
Thought she put up a fight, taking chemotherapy and later switching to radiotherapy, her condition is believed to have become worse in the past few months, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
She took her last breath at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, according to one of her best friends William Tang Tat-chi, a Hong Kong fashion designer.
Lam had two younger brothers, one of who is veteran Cantopop lyrics writer Richard Lam Chun-keung, and one younger sister. They all died of lymphoma years before her death.
Lam, who had been married to the elder brother of martial arts icon Bruce Lee but got divorced with him later after giving birth to a son, was known for spraying perfume on her manuscript papers.
Louis Cha Leung-yung, Ming Pao founder and one of Hong Kong’s best-selling novelists, who is better known by his pen name Jin Yong, once praised Lam as the best female prose writer in modern times.
Besides her outstanding writing skills, Lam was in the media spotlight for having a 14-year relationship with James Wong Jim, a late and celebrated Hong Kong songwriter, while he was still married.
Although they had never got married, they, during their stint of romance, together started an advertising agency named Wong & Lam. The agency, launched in 1976, was later acquired by global advertising powerhouse Saatchi & Saatchi in the 1980s.
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