Former Mediacorp actress Tiffany Leong dies aged 30

Malaysian-born actress Tiffany Leong.
Malaysian-born actress Tiffany Leong.PHOTO: THE BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL

Malaysian-born actress Tiffany Leong died on Monday (Dec 28) at age 30 after a two-year battle with a rare hereditary disorder.

Leong, also known as Zhuo Qi, was diagnosed with multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndrome in 2013.

As part of her treatment, about 60 per cent of her liver was removed, Malaysian paper Oriental Daily reported.

She returned to filming in Malaysia early this year, but was forced to stop again after an infection. She suffered a relapse recently.

Her death was announced in a message on her Facebook page on Monday at about 7.30pm.

Leong was a successful host and model in Malaysia before crossing the strait to star in Singapore TV shows.

The actress and television host appeared in Singapore and Malaysia productions such as La Femme (2008), Priceless Wonder (2010) and Turning Point (2015).

She was nominated for the Top 10 most popular female artists at the 2011 Star Awards.

Industry veteran Xiang Yun posted a touching goodbye message to Leong on Facebook.

She wrote: "She was young, knowledgeable, talented, beautiful, humble, kind, hardworking, had many good points... I will always remember gentle you."

Other celebrities also posted tender messages remembering Leong on social media.