The Straits Times
Published on Jan 22, 2013

Getai veteran Ah Nan has died, apparently from a heart attack


Getai performer and part-time actor John Cheng, better known as Ah Nan, died of an apparent heart attack last night.

The 52-year-old collapsed backstage following a performance in a nightclub in Parklane Mall, according to his wife. She spoke to the organisers of a Chinese New Year concert he was scheduled to perform at on Feb 12.

Before joining show business in 1987, Cheng used to be part of a gang, had gambling problems and was a loanshark runner. He then started working the getai circuit, and was eventually given supporting actor roles in films such as Money No Enough (1997), I Not Stupid (2002) and Where Got Ghost? (2009).

He was arrested by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in 2006 for drug-taking, and was sentenced to a 12-month term at a drug rehabilitation centre.