Taiwan mourns comedy star Chu Ke-liang

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - Taiwan says goodbye to its favourite dirty old man.

Taiwanese actor and comedian Chu Ke-liang (豬哥亮) has died at 70 after a battle with cancer, his doctors at National Taiwan University Hospital said Monday.

Chu passed away due to liver failure brought on by bowel cancer at around 5 a.m.

Family members thanked fans for supporting the star - known for his coarse humor, strange attire and "toilet-lid" haircut -- adding that the cancer had brought him tremendous pain and his passing had finally brought him peace.

Chu recently reconciled with his daughter, Taiwanese singer Jeannie Hsieh, after a long-standing feud. Chu reportedly abandoned Hsieh after she and her sister suffered severe injuries in a near-fatal car accident years ago.

While her foray into the entertainment scene was largely supported by her father at the time, Hsieh severed ties completely with her father after Chu went into hiding in the mid-90s over massive gambling debts.

His influence in Taiwan's entertainment circle was considered profound, making traction in the Hoklo circle in mainland China and Southeast Asia, specifically his hosting of entertainment and variety shows during the golden years of Taiwan's entertainment scene in the 1980s.

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