HK actor Savio Tsang dies of lung cancer at 58

Hong Kong actor Savio Tsang with actress Candy Man, who posted a few photos of them together and confirmed his death on Facebook.
Hong Kong actor Savio Tsang with actress Candy Man, who posted a few photos of them together and confirmed his death on Facebook.PHOTO: CANDY MAN/FACEBOOK

Hong Kong actor Savio Tsang, who is known mainly for his supporting roles in Hong Kong television serials, died of lung cancer last Thursday. He was 58.

There were rumours that he was in critical condition last Thursday, with his death confirmed by actress Candy Man on Facebook last Saturday.

Man, 60, wrote in Chinese: "We worked together on your debut TV serial. Didn't you say we should work together again the last time we met? Rest in peace."

She was referring to the TV serial The General (1982), which starred Kenny Ho, Rosamund Kwan and Newton Lai.

Besides a more recent photo of her with Tsang, Man also posted other pictures of them together from the period drama Super Hero (1983), in which they played a couple.

Tsang's former girlfriend, actress Mui Siu Wai, whom he dated for 13 years before they broke up due to an alleged third party, told the Hong Kong media that she had not met Tsang for more than 10 years.

Mui, 54, said she also learnt of his death from the media and said she would attend his funeral .

Tsang was last seen in public in November last year while filming the TVB variety show Cantopop At 50.

While promoting the TV serial Finding Her Voice in October last year, he said he was having lung problems and could only make guest appearances on shows.

Finding Her Voice also starred disgraced actress Jacqueline Wong, who was caught in a cheating scandal with married singer Andy Hui in April last year. The series was taken out of cold storage after being initially canned.

Tsang did not attend the celebratory dinner for Finding Her Voice in December. He also did not attend the serial's charity dinner in Kuala Lumpur with co-stars Hugo Ng, Ram Chiang, Jimmy Au and Joe Tay in January.

Tsang graduated from then Rediffusion Television's final artist training programme and rose to prominence after playing a policeman in the TV serial 101 Citizen Arrest (1983), in which he won Best Newcomer at the Asia Television Awards. He joined TVB in 1990 and played mostly supporting roles in the station's serials. He joined Hong Kong Television Network in 2012 before returning to TVB three years later.

Besides Finding Her Voice, his recent TV works include The Man Who Kills Troubles and Line Walker: Bull Fight, which is currently showing on television.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2020, with the headline 'HK actor Savio Tsang dies of lung cancer at 58'. Print Edition | Subscribe