‘Father of concerts’ Cheung Yiu Wing dies from heart attack
Hong Kong concert organiser Cheung Yiu Wing, who originated the idea of celebrity concerts, passed away on Tuesday from a sudden heart attack.
The 82-year-old set up Yiu Wing Entertainment and organised concerts for several prominent Hong Kong stars, including the four Heavenly Kings, Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, Alan Tam, Sam Hui, Sammi Cheng, Miriam Yeung and Joey Yung.
Jacky Cheung, one of Cantopop's Heavenly Kings, expressed his regret over the passing of Yiu Wing on Tuesday, as he recalled that his first concert was organized by the latter. Jacky added that Yiu Wing had contributed a lot to the Hong Kong entertainment scene and was there during its ups and downs.
Another prominent Hong Kong star Aaron Kwok was shocked when he received the news in Beijing, where he was filming. He recalled giving Yiu Wing a red bow tie as a gift, and that whenever he held a concert, Yiu Wing would turn up wearing it.
He added that he hopes the Hong Kong government will build a bronze statue in commemoration of Yiu Wing along Hong Kong’s Avenue of Stars, where prominent celebrities are featured.
Other big names such as Leon Lai, Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng and Miriam Yeung expressed their regret over Yiu Wing’s passing, as his contributions have been respected and acknowledged by many in showbiz.
Yiu Wing has upcoming concerts by Sam Hui and Yoga Lin that are still pending. Yiu Wing had also originally planned to help Hong Kong musician Kenny Bee and Maria Cordero with their concerts, and had even applied for possible dates.
But with his sudden passing, both Kenny and Maria expressed their regret, and said that the focus should be on his funeral, while the concerts can be discussed further in the future.
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