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Hong Kong star actress Lydia Shum to be buried in Vancouver

It's a tragic loss to both Vancouver and especially in Hong Kong, where she will be remembered as one of the city's best actresses. As a kid, I grew up watching some of her Chinese programs. She was legendary: a huge and widely respected figure in both cities. She regularly sported her signature dark rimmed glasses and hairstyle, and was affectionately known to peers and fans as Fei-fei (肥肥, literally Fat Fat or Fatty). Her daughter, Joyce Cheng, now 20 years old, was born and raised in Vancouver and graduated from Crofton. She is also well-known in both cities, and aspires to be a singer. Fei Fei has also participated in many SUCCESS concerts in the city. And she's also a Canadian citizen.

She will be buried in Vancouver next week, with a televised public memorial in Hong Kong on March 3.

Shum had several chronic ailments : cholangitis, diabetes, and hypertension. In 2002, she was admitted to hospital and had 36 gallstones extracted. In September 2006, Shum was diagnosed with a liver tumor and cancer around the gallbladder. Immediately, doctors removed one third of her liver.

Prior to the cholecystectomy done in 2002, she had a history of bile duct inflammation as early as 1978. The inflammation recurred in 1989. On September 22, 2006 the bile duct inflammation had recurred, and 4 days later, the inflammation had complicated the liver and her coma began. She woke from the coma on October 1, 2006. On January 29, 2007 she once again entered the operating room to remove a liver tumor which weighed 2.7kg. On March 8, 2007 the tumor was found to be growing again so she had a cholecystectomy once again.

On October 11, 2007, Shum collapsed at home due to pleural effusion, and was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong for emergency treatment. She was transferred to the QMH later that day. She was discharged from the hospital on October 16, 2007.

Shum was admitted to the intensive care ward at QMH on 22 January, 2008 and checked out on 26 January, 2008. Her mother passed away in Canada while Shum was in the hospital.

She was once again admitted to the intensive care ward at QMH on 2 February, 2008. Her conditions worsened, so on February 19, 2008 - 3 a.m. (local time) her family decided not to let her suffer more. It was decided that her breathing apparatus would be removed from her, her family spent time with her by her bedside till she passed away peacefully at 8:38 a.m. (local time). It was unfortunate that she was not able to say her last words then.

Prior to her death, she was known to be suffering of liver cancer and had been fighting it for 2 years. As part of the treatment for her illness, she underwent Chemotherapy and several Kidney dialysis.

Tears flow over spirit of Fei Fei

Nickkita Lau
Thursday, February 21, 2008

A public memorial ceremony for Lydia Shum Din-ha will be held early next month in Hong Kong, but her body will be taken to Vancouver next week to lie next to her parents.

The actress, singer and television show host, nicknamed "Happy Nut" for her signature laugh, died on Tuesday morning aged 62 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Her daughter, aspiring singer Joyce Cheng Yan-yee, spoke publicly for the first time yesterday since her mother's passing. While calm at the beginning of the nine-minute press conference Cheng burst into tears as she talked.

Cheng said her mother had been very strong and courageous in the long fight against her illness. "Don't be sad," she said. "She was suffering. She is now in a more peaceful place."

Cheng got moral support at the conference from her mother's close friends - Amy Cheung, wife of late director Chang Cheh, and Florence Chan Suk-fan and her son Chan Ka-ho - as well as Shum's sister Viola Chiang and brother-in-law Chiang Jia-ling.

Florence Chan said Shum turned down many requests from friends to visit her in hospital because she did not want them to see her in her ailing condition. "She believed she would go home one day," said Chan. "She wanted to wait until she was in better spirits. But don't worry or feel sorry for not being able to see her in her last moments - she would have wanted all of you to be happy when you think of her."

Shum's body will be transported next week to Vancouver where a private funeral will take place. The burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries.

Video clips of the funeral will be shown at the Hong Kong Coliseum memorial service to be held on March 2. Admission will be free but ticketing details are still pending. Television Broadcasts, where Shum worked for almost 40 years, will broadcast the ceremony live.
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Vancouver mayor proposes Lydia Shum Day

BEIJING, Feb. 26 -- A "Lydia Shum Day" will be announced by Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the contribution of the late Hong Kong comedienne.

China News Service reported that the private funeral of Shum will be held on Wednesday in Vancouver and a memorial service will be held on Friday.

Lydia Shum used to live in Vancouver in the 1980s before returning to Hong Kong. She traveled between Hong Kong and Vancouver for many years attending activities of the Chinese community in Vancouver and was a very popular comedienne there.

Beloved personality was 'an inspiration' to Vancouver community
A Chinese Oprah equivalent, Lydia Shum remains in Canada


February 26, 2008

VANCOUVER -- When Vivien Louie was growing up in Hong Kong in the 1970s, Lydia Shum was not only a household name, she was part of the household: Watching Ms. Shum as host of the variety show Enjoy Yourself Tonight was a nightly family event, from the time Ms. Louie was two or three years old.

"She smiled and laughed all the time," said Ms. Louie, promotions and special projects manager for Fairchild Television in Vancouver. "She just [brought] happiness to people."

Ms. Shum, who is also known as Lydia Shum Din-Ha, Lydia Sung and Lydia Sum, will be buried tomorrow after a private funeral in Metro Vancouver, where she lived for many years before returning to Hong Kong. The popular television host, actress and comedienne died last week of cancer.

Ms. Shum had strong family connections to Vancouver: Her daughter and some of her siblings live here, as did her mother, who died recently. Ms. Shum's brother is the fashion designer Alfred Sung.

"Everybody when you ask them [about] Fei Fei, everybody knows her," said Ms. Louie, who compared Ms. Shum to Oprah Winfrey in terms of popularity. Fei Fei literally means "fat fat" but was a term of endearment Ms. Shum embraced, according to her fans. She was easily recognizable, with her signature pop-bottle-thick wing-tipped glasses, her big hair and her smile.

Ms. Shum was born in Shanghai in 1945 or 1947 (the discrepancy in birth year may arise from the fact that she began acting at such a young age that she pretended to be older than she was) and moved with her family to Hong Kong shortly thereafter.

She landed her first film roles in the 1960s, and later moved to hosting; fronting Enjoy Yourself Tonight, which ran for three decades, and many awards programs.

Her hosting duties extended to Vancouver, where she was host of fundraising galas for the immigrant services group S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

"Since 1997, we've raised about in excess of $5-million, and she had a huge part in making that happen," said Tony Moy, director of resource development with


Mr. Moy said Ms. Shum not only volunteered her services, flying to Vancouver on her own dime to appear at the galas, she also brought some of the biggest Hong Kong pop stars along with her, people the foundation would never have been able to attract - or pay.

"Lydia set an example and people followed," Mr. Moy said.

"Lydia's fundraising efforts on behalf of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. are an inspiration, and remind us that one person can truly make a difference," B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell said in a statement yesterday.

"She leaves behind a legacy of joy, laughter and caring."

Vancouver's mayor will make a special proclamation at today's council meeting and will declare a Lydia Shum Day.

Family members are expected to attend.

Ms. Shum will be buried beside her parents.

Her funny, friendly persona was not just an act, said Mr. Moy (who compares her to Roseanne Barr and Milton Berle).

He said she was so popular with the workers at GM Place, where she was host of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. galas, that the stadium workers would often inquire about whether she was returning.

"That's the kind of impression that she left on people," said Mr. Moy, who knew Ms. Shum was ill but was nevertheless shaken by her death.

"You can't help but cry over what a great lady she was and what a talent she was and what a legacy she has left in Hong Kong and for people all over the world.

"She's one of a kind. No one, no one, no one will ever be able to replace her."

A public memorial for Lydia Shum will be held on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Choi Hall at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre in Vancouver.
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i thought she got burried today in burnaby at forest lawn?

they showed her procession on the noon news
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Old Posted Feb 28, 2008, 4:52 AM
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Sam Sullivan has proclaimed June 1st as "Fei Fei Day".[/B]

Joyce Cheng, daughter of the late comedienne Lydia Shum, poses with a certificate presented by Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan in honor of Shum on Tuesday, February 26, 2008. [Photo: cnsphoto]
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Old Posted Feb 28, 2008, 9:40 AM
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It was expected that she would die before the next TVB awards, but when I heard it, I was still a little surprised and shocked.

She's always so happy
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Old Posted Feb 28, 2008, 10:35 AM
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talk about getting dealt some bad cards regarding your health, though she did look pretty fat. well rip i guess, dont know who you are but oh well.
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