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Saturday April 3, 2010

Ex-HK sex symbol Tina Ti dies at 65

FORMER Hong Kong sex symbol Tina Ti (pic) – the first Chinese actress to appear in a nude role – has died at the age of 65, major Chinese dailies reported.

Her family friend Chan Wing Hong said Ti, who was better known as Di Na during her heydays in the 60s and 70s, was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago after a long battle with cervical cancer and died on Wednesday.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2005.

Ti, whose credits included A Big Mess, Beauty and the 7 Beasts, One Day at a Time and Dark Rendezvous, caused a sensation in Hong Kong when she appeared nude in The Warlord in 1972.

Ti had, in an interview two years ago, admitted that she used to gather intelli­gence for the Communist Party of China in the 60s.

She is survived by a son, Michael Ma, who underwent a sex change 10 years ago to become a man in order to protect his single mother.

> Cantopop icon Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing continues to live in the hearts of his fans despite having fallen to his death seven years ago.

On the anniversary of his death on Thursday, fans came from as far as Japan and South Korea for a memorial service in Hong Kong.

The actor cum singer was also named the most beautiful man by CNN, which had come up with its list of Hong Kong cinema’s “19 Most Beautiful Men.”

The actors were picked for their looks, talent and charisma.

Those in the list included Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Daniel Wu, Chow Yun Fatt, Leon Lai, Bruce Lee and Donnie Yen.

  • Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a > sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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