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I'm sure there are some other Hong Kong film/pop fans on this board, so I thought I'd paste this here. Terribly sad.

The article is at NYT for those who are registered there: Click Here (nytimes.com)

Leslie Cheung, 46, Pop Singer and Actor, Is Dead
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



HONG KONG, April 1 -- Leslie Cheung, a pop singer and actor who won international acclaim for his portrayal of an opera star in the 1993 movie "Farewell, My Concubine," fell to his death today from a hotel here, local news organizations reported. He was 46.

A police spokeswoman refused to identify the dead man fully, saying only that a 46-year-old with the surname Cheung had died in hospital after falling from the 24th floor of the Mandarin Hotel.

Cable Television reported that Mr. Cheung had left a note saying he was suffering from emotional problems.

Mr. Cheung was one of Hong Kong's most popular performers, notable for being one of only a few Asian stars to play openly gay characters.

One of his most famous gay roles was in the 1997 movie "Happy Together," directed by Wong Kar-wai.

Mr. Cheung entered show business after returning to Hong Kong after studies at Leeds University in northern England.

He achieved success as a pop singer and enjoyed fame throughout Asia with his successful 1981 album "The Wind Blows On."

His success as a singer quickly paved the way for a career in film. Though he was to become noted for playing gay roles later in his career, Mr. Cheung made his breakthrough playing a rookie cop alongside Chow Yun-fat in John Woo's 1986 action movie "A Better Tomorrow."

Two years later he earned a reputation for romantic roles after playing an opium-smoking playboy in Stanley Kwan's "Rouge," one of the most successful films to emerge from Hong Kong during the 1980's.

Further collaborations with Mr. Woo followed with 1990's "Once A Thief," before Mr. Cheung teamed up the following year with Mr. Wong for "Days of Being Wild."



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Sad. I wonder if he sought any professional help beforehand, so it wouldn't have come to this (or so it wouldn't have gotten this bad).



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Am I mistaken, or wasn't he in "Hard Boiled"? Imdb.com doesn't list him for that, but I swear he's in it.





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I've been a fan of his ever since I saw him in Better Tomorrow and Chinese Ghost Story. I even bought one of his CD's just because I liked him as Kit so much. That this looks like a suicide is even more depressing.



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    Originally posted by Teppan-Yaki
    Am I mistaken, or wasn't he in "Hard Boiled"? Imdb.com doesn't list him for that, but I swear he's in it.


Maybe you're thinking of Tony Leung Chiu-Wai? He's Cheung's costar in "Happy Together." Click Here (filmfuchs.de)



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we just got Happy Together like 2 months ago on DVD....always meant to watch it....guess I will now...

sad, sad news....






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Kim:

I f'ed up; it *is* Tony Leung, not to mention Maggie Cheung in Hard Boiled, not Leslie.





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