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."
The only thing I enjoy more than doing the crossword puzzle is actually finishing it.
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.
'But if one is struck by me only a little, that is far different, the stroke is a sharp thing and suddenly lays him lifeless, and that man's wife goes with cheeks torn in lamentation, and his children are fatherless, while he, staining the soil with his red blood, rots away, and there are more birds than women swarming about him.' Diomedes, The Iliad of Homer
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