Actor Simon Yam returns to Hong Kong after being stabbed in stomach at event in Zhongshan

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According to the Sina Entertainment portal, a spokesman for Hong Kong actor Simon Yam said that he remained conscious after the incident. His wound has also been treated.
According to the Sina Entertainment portal, a spokesman for Hong Kong actor Simon Yam said that he remained conscious after the incident. His wound has also been treated.PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

Hong Kong actor Simon Yam is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery following a brazen stabbing incident on Saturday (July 20) during a promotional event in the southern Chinese city of Zhongshan.

According to his management company, he suffered minor damage to his internal organs and four fingers on his right hand but is now in a stable condition.

After the surgery in Zhongshan, he returned on Saturday night to Hong Kong, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit at Adventist Hospital. 

Yam's hand injury could worsen and he might undergo another surgery on Sunday (July 21), said representatives from his management company. 

Hong Kong newspaper Sing Tao Daily reported that the representatives said it is unclear how long Yam will be hospitalised for.

Meanwhile, the Zhongshan police on Saturday evening identified the suspect as a 53-year-old local resident who they said had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. 

A fruit knife was used in the attack, which left Yam with a 2cm-wide, 3cm-deep gash to his abdomen and an injured hand, the police said in a statement. 

The suspect was subdued and detained at the scene after the attack. 

Yam, 64, was speaking on stage as a guest at the opening of a building materials store when a man suddenly charged towards him, according to videos of the incident circulating online.

From clips uploaded shortly after the incident, the man can be seen taking a weapon out of his pocket before aiming it towards Yam's abdomen.

He then lashes out at Yam repeatedly as the actor frantically tries to move away while clutching his stomach. The attack continues for a few seconds while security guards and bystanders rush to intervene.

Many people in the audience can also be heard reacting in shock.

 

"We are extremely shocked by this incident," Yam's management company, the Emperor Entertainment Group, said on Saturday evening in a statement.

The company denounced the attack, saying it would take action against the perpetrator.

Yam, also known as Yam Tat Wah, has 234 film and TV credits, according to IMDB. He won critical acclaim for his role in the Hong Kong crime film Contact in 1992 and made his Hollywood debut as a crime lord in the 2003 adventure movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life. He is also a film producer.

His wife is Chinese supermodel Qi Qi and they have a 14-year-old daughter, Ella.