27th December 2021 – (Taipei) Award-winning Taiwanese actor Chen Sung-young died at the age of 80 on 17th December at the Taoyuan Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital in Guishan District after battling a number of ailments for several years. His condition had deteriorated over the past month and although doctors said that his life could be prolonged through dialysis, according to a friend, he refused medical treatment and opted for hospice care instead.
Chen’s career began in 1970, and he played a variety of colorful rules in many popular dramas and movies over the decades, including a major role with Jet Li in the Hong Kong action comedy “Fong Sai-yuk.” In 1989, he won the Golden Horse Award for the Taiwanese historical drama “A City of Sadness” directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien.La Palma volcano eruption ends after months of destruction
He retired from the entertainment industry in 2000 and his health has steadily declined since. He suffered a stroke in 2006, a gastric ulcer in 2009, and a fall and pulmonary edema in 2016.
The actor never married, but in recent years became extremely close to his Indonesian helper identified as “Yule,” who he affectionately referred to as his daughter. Chen previously stated that he had gifted her NT$1,200,000 (US$43,000) in gold jewellery and he said that when Yule returns to Indonesia or he dies, she will inherit NT$2 million (HK$563,000) to help buy land to start a business in her home country.