From:The Straits Timesposted on 24 April at 1:00 PM
24 April at 1:00 PM

Hundreds turn up to say final farewell to Huang Wenyong, Singapore's first TV star

By Yip Wai Yee

Singapore bid its final farewell to the nation's first male TV star, Huang Wenyong, on Wednesday afternoon.

More than 500 members of the public as well as dozens of tearful local TV stars, including Zoe Tay and Xiang Yun, turned up at Teochew Funeral Parlour at noon to send off his hearse, which passed MediaCorp at Caldecott Broadcast centre before the cremation at Bright Hill Drive.

The crowd outside the parlour eventually swelled to more than 1,000.

MediaCorp Channel 8 also came to a standstill for its staff to attend the funeral. More than 500 staff members stood along the road outside MediaCorp and all clapped as the hearse went by them.

Acting as pallbearers were TV actors Tay Ping Hui, Pierre Png, Brandon Wong, Zheng Ge Ping, Zen Chong, Bryan Wong and Cavin Soh.

Through tears, Xiang Yun said to the crowd about Huang: "He is someone who loved crowds. So if he were around to see us all here, he would be very happy."

Dozens of fans, mostly older women and seniors, chanted Buddhist scriptures as they followed the funeral procession.

Huang, who is among the pioneer batch of local TV stars and graced TV screens for more than three decades, died on Saturday evening from lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. He was 60. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.


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