Former MediaCorp actor Chen Wencong dies of pneumonia
UPDATED (6 December 2012, 9:30AM)
After a successful battle against leukemia last year following his bone marrow operation, MediaCorp executive producer and ex-local actor Chen Wencong was well on the road to recovery. Said to be recuperating from his illness for the past year, it was understood that his body was susceptible to infection due to a weak immune system.
The local producer's illness took a turn for the worse and he passed away this afternoon at 12.05pm at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He was admitted to SGH a month ago and had been warded in the Intensive Care Unit for the past two weeks.
Wencong’s sudden departure left many of his showbiz friends in shock.
Fellow actress and work colleague Apple Hong broke the news on her microblog this afternoon and wrote: "My best male friend was declared dead by the hospital this afternoon. I thought we could meet for one last time when I fly back to Singapore tonight, but it is too late. My dear friend, I will forever remember the good in you; your courage; your wisdom; and everything else about you. Rest in peace..."
Apple, who’s currently based in Beijing, shared her sadness with xinmsn over Whatsapp and said that she last saw Wencong before she left for Beijing. Upset that she did not manage to visit him before he passed on, Apple added, "He fought a brave battle against Leukemia and was constantly in high spirits and was filled with determination to take the illness down. I did not expect for him to not make it through this hurdle."
Wencong's wife commented on her husband's death via a message communicated through Apple, and said, "One thing I'd like to make very, very clear - BC [Wencong] won his battle against leukemia. He succumbed to pneumonia due to compromised immunity."
"He had no regrets and accomplished all that he had wanted to. He passed away peacefully with me and [our] family by his side," she concluded.
Wencong first discovered he was suffering from Leukemia after he underwent a full body checkup following consistent bouts of dizzy spells and nosebleeds last year. Due to low white blood cells count, he suffered from brain hemorrhage and subsequently went through a brain surgery.
News of his illness got out last October after MediaCorp sent out an internal appeal to its staff for blood donations to help Wencong.
Doreen Neo, Managing Director of Studios, who last visited Wencong at the hospital on Monday, with MediaCorp deputy CEO Chang Long Jong, shared, "He was in good spirits all along and he had shown a lot of courage and determination in fighting the illness. It is sad that he lost the battle against pneumonia."
She added that Wencong mentioned that his cancer marker is now lower and despite losing quite a bit of weight, he is still doing well. "He even tuned in to the 30th drama anniversary show from the hospital and was excited to see all his fellow workers on TV," Doreen added.
Wencong has produced numerous variety shows for MediaCorp which includes titles such as Say It If You Dare, Food Source and It's a Small World.
In a statement to the media, MediaCorp said, "MediaCorp mourns the passing on of its Executive Producer, Tan Boon Chong (Wencong). Boon Chong joined MediaCorp in 1993 as a drama artiste. His career took on a different path when he discovered his passion for production - starting as a scriptwriter and finally to being an Executive Producer for Chinese Entertainment Productions. During his career with MediaCorp he has won awards both as a research writer and as EP for Best Variety programmes. Boon Chong will be dearly missed by all his colleagues in MediaCorp."
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