[Epoch Times September 15, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Tong Yijia reported) The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre announced on the evening of the 13th that the troupe’s senior actor Lei Silan died of lung cancer on September 12 at the age of 65. Famous dramatists such as Lai Shengchuan expressed their condolences after learning of the bad news.
Born in Guangzhou, Leislan encountered the “Cultural Revolution” when she graduated from high school. She applied for an actor exam because she didn’t want to go to the countryside. Later, she was accepted by the Guangzhou Song and Dance Troupe to start her career as an actor. In 1983, Lei Silan joined the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. In her 38-year drama career, she has acted in different dramas and roles, with 170 works. Known as the “Hong Kong Drama Queen”, she has won the Hong Kong Drama Awards for Best Actress and the Hong Kong Small Theater Awards for Best Actress.
Originally, Lei Silan participated in the theater company to stage “The Finale of the Beautiful Group” in July this year, but it failed to appear in the end. His posthumous work was “Principles” which was staged in October last year.
In the last season (2020/2021), Leislan resigned to the troupe for health reasons. She originally planned to retire after performing “Fun Before Marriage” in March this year. Unexpectedly, on the first day of the stage rehearsal, she suddenly felt breathing difficulties, and another actor took the lead. After the examination, it was confirmed that Leislan suffered from the terminal stage of lung cancer. Although he was treated with the most expensive standard palladium drug, he was still unable to recover.
In recent years, the Hong Kong entertainment industry has suffered heavy losses. In just one year, Zeng Weiquan (November last year), Yulin Xia (July this year), Shutang Huang (April this year) and Jirong Chen (May this year) have passed away. The fourth veteran actor who died of lung cancer. It has also led the outside world to speculate whether so many actors suffering from lung cancer are related to the surprising number of tear gas bombs released by the Hong Kong police during the suppression of the “anti-transmission” movement.
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