Tuesday, November 23, 2004


[Ming Pao 24/11/04]

The Hong Kong performance industry has lost another treasure as famed lyricist and broadcaster James Wong passed away at 12:45 am Hong Kong time this morning in Shatin Hospital suffering from lung cancer. He was 64 years old. His family reveals that he had fallen into a coma three days ago at home and rushed to hospital after his family raised the alarm, but never recovered from his condition.

Wong's eldest son Wong Yu Hon announced the death to the public together with his consultant and a family friend.

'Uncle Jim' admitted in June that he had developed lung cancer a number of years ago, but after the cancer cells were removed, he had recovered greatly. However, his condition worsened recently and he was often in and out of hospital and lost a lot of weight in the process. His family reveal that he suddenly collapsed at home on Sunday and lost all consciousness. His wife called for an ambulance, but he was already in a coma when he arrived at hospital and did not respond to treatment until his condition became critical last night.

Wong's original name was Wong Cham Sum and is a renowned lyricist, broadcaster and writer, writing lyrics for over 2000 pop songs, with 'Leung Mong Yin Sui Lui' (Two Forgotten in the Smoky Waters) being his favourite. He graduated in 1963 from the Hong Kong University Chinese Faculty and gained his MPhil in 1983 and held a research scholarship at the university.

Wong's cheerful character and beautiful lyrics will live on every time we hear his creations, but the man will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, who listened to his works and enjoyed the masterpieces that he brought to us.

Rest in Peace - James Wong 1940-2004


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