Hong Kong veteran actor Ng Man-tat has sadly passed away due to liver cancer. He was 70.
Having suffered from health problems in recent years and recovered, Ng Man-tat discovered he had cancer at the end of 2020. When it was reported earlier this week that he was in the hospital and had undergone surgery, many were praying for him to get well soon. However, his condition worsened and he was transferred to the ICU. The doctors notified his family to come to the hospital to see him for the last time where he eventually succumbed to the illness and passed away at 17:16 on February 27, 2021.
According to his good friend actor-producer Tin Kai-man who addressed the media in front of the hospital entrance, Ng Man-tat had a peaceful death and passed away in his sleep. Because he did not know that his illness would be so serious, he did not leave a will.
The veteran actor is beloved for playing supporting roles in a slew of classic Hong Kong films. Andy Lau said, “Brother Tat left, Brother Tat will have no worries and no sickness over there, rest in peace!” Stephen Chow who has worked with Ng Man-tat in countless films with the latter often appearing as his comedic sidekick said, “I just heard the news. Although, I have been following Ng Man-tat’s condition and was somewhat emotionally prepared, but it is still very sad and painful, unwilling to part. Ng Man-tat’s sickness came quickly and he left quickly. he is my partner and old friend for so many years, and I still can’t accept it.”
Shaolin Soccer which was released in 2001 became the last film that Stephen Chow and Ng Man-tat had worked on together. Ng Man-tat had previously denied the rumored fallout between them but admitted that they had drifted apart. On the question whether they would work together again, I still remember Ng Man-tat on the show Ace vs. Ace where he said, “I’m not dead, he (Stephen Chow) hasn’t retired, there will definitely be a chance.” Yet, it turns out they will never have the chance.
As someone who grew up watching Ng Man-tat’s films, it’s truly saddening to hear about his passing. My deepest condolences to his family.