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Cantonese opera diva Hung Sin Nui dies of heart attack at 89

Published on Dec 9, 2013 7:19 PM
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Cantonese opera queen Hung Sin Nui (above), who was celebrated for her matchless tone - sweet, crisp, smooth, coquettish - died in Guangzhou on Sunday, Dec 8, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: SCMP

Hong Kong - Cantonese opera queen Hung Sin Nui, who was celebrated for her matchless tone - sweet, crisp, smooth, coquettish - died in Guangzhou on Sunday.

She was 89, said Ming Pao Daily News today. The Guangdong Cantonese Opera Academy announced her death on Weibo on Sunday at 11pm, said the report. She had died of a heart attack.

Hung, whose name in Mandarin is Hong Xiannu, felt unwell during dinner on Sunday, said the academy's publicity director. She was sent to hospital, where she died at 8.40pm.

Hailed as a national treasure, she acted in nearly 100 operas and more than 90 films, said news website NetEase.

 
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