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Wu Ma, Best Supporting Actor of A Chinese Ghost Story, dies following lung cancer battle

Published on Feb 4, 2014 12:46 PM

Beijing - Wu Ma, the China-born actor who was a familiar face in Hong Kong's Cantonese films of the 1980s and who also directed movies ranging from comedies to gongfu and horror flicks, has died, reported the Xinhua news agency.

He was 71 and died at dawn today, it added.

The actor was suffering from lung cancer, and 10 months ago, the cancer cells spread, Xinhua quoted his wife as saying. He had been resting at home over the last few months, she added.

Among Wu Ma's numerous roles on both the small and big screen, the actor was perhaps best remembered for his role as the eccentric but compassionate ghostbuster Swordsman Yin in the 1987 horror hit, A Chinese Ghost Story, for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Horse Awards.

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