Monday, January 21, 2013

Singaporean actor and Getai artiste John Cheng You Nam (Ah Nan) dies of heart attack

Singaporean actor and Getai compére John Cheng You Nam, known in entertainment circle as Ah Nan or Ah Nam, has died of a heart attack according to AsiaOne web siteJohn Cheng debuted in acting in the 1998 film Money No Enough, and the following year he was cast in Liang Po Po. He is best known for portraying thuggish, brutal types prone to violence, as a homage to his alleged past career as a loan shark. Cheng was more active in the getai scene as a compere, along with other part-time actors like Lin Ruping and Wang Lei.

According to AsiaOne, John Cheng's death was reported on Lian He Wan Bao's facebook page Jan 22 morning. The 52-year-old died of apparent heart attack on 21 January 2013 following a performance in a nightclub in Chinatown:

"The 52-year-old collapsed backstage following a performance in a nightclub in Chinatown, according to his wife. She spoke to the organisers of a Chinese New Year concert he was scheduled to perform at on Feb 12." Source : The Straits Times

According to AsiaOne, John Cheng joked about his heart, weight and cholesterol problems during a performance at the Esplanade in November last year. Before singing his Hokkien song, the actor, better known as 'Ah Nan' jokingly said: "I have heart disease. I have three arteries and one has been cut."

Photo : Stomp

After his dead, a photo of Ah Nan's body has been making its rounds online which shows him lying face up and partially covered by a white sheet. The photo is believed to have been taken at the mortuary when his family, relatives and friends went to identify his body. John Cheng's friends said the photo is 'disrespectful'.

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