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Entertainer-turned-volunteer Sun Yueh dies aged 87 last week
資深藝人孫越 人生舞台上週落幕

Veteran entertainers Sun Yueh, right, and Swallow Chang attend a friend’s wedding banquet in Taipei on Oct. 25, 2015.

Photo: Wang Wen-lin, Liberty Times

Veteran entertainer Sun Yueh died of septicemia in combination with multiple organ failure at the age of 87 last Tuesday, National Taiwan University Hospital announced on Wednesday last week. Sun suffered from lung adenocarcinoma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to years of smoking, and was repeatedly hospitalized in recent years.

Sun, who was often dubbed “Uncle Sun,” first rose to fame hosting variety shows with artists David Tao and Swallow Chang. With a friendship that spanned more than four decades, the trio was referred as the “Three Musketeers” in showbiz. He also received a lifetime achievement award from Tao and Chang at the Golden Horse Awards in 2010.

After Sun quit smoking more than 20 years ago, he devoted himself wholeheartedly to public welfare and became a lifelong volunteer for the John Tung Foundation’s anti-smoking campaign. The Health Promotion Administration also took this opportunity to remind the public that over 6,000 Taiwanese die of COPD yearly, and the chance for smokers to contract the disease is 10 to 13 times higher than that for non-smokers.

(CNA and Liberty Times, translated by Eddy Chang)






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