Chinese kung-fu actress killed by hubby

Chinese actress Bai Jing was killed by her husband in an alleged domestic dispute on Tuesday at their home in Beijing's Chaoyang district.

Her husband, Zhou Chenghai, 44, stabbed her before committing suicide, reported the Chinese media.

The 29-year-old actress has starred in "Kung Fu Wing Chun", "Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon", and a dozen other movies, TV series such as "Legend of Xiangxi," as well as children's drama and musicals.

She was praised as a possible successor to Michelle Yeoh and is till now, China's best-known female kung-fu star.

The news of her death first broke around 3pm on Sina Weibo - a Chinese version of Twitter - by her entertainment agency's general manager Ju Chunlei.

Ju said the alleged murder-suicide was due to a long time dispute between the couple, and the death of Zhou's mother on Jan 31 was apparently the last straw for the severely strained relationship.

Ju refused to give further details but according to a Chinese newspaper, Legal Evening News, Zhou confronted Bai after receiving a divorce summons on Tuesday morning.

The divorce petition allegedly stated that she was unaware of his previous marriage and a son, and accused him of infidelity.

Zhou is said to be a billionaire who made his fortunes from the stock market and property. He also has a son from a previous marriage to his first wife, whom he divorced to be with Bai.

News reports state that he had invested huge amounts of money in Bai's acting career and they eventually married in October 2010.

Earlier this year, insiders claimed Bai conspired with her boyfriend in the triad to steal 20 million yuan (S$4 million) from Zhou and hire a prostitute to seduce him in order to get a divorce, from which she would get more money.

The rumours alleged that Zhou's mother "died of anger" earlier this year upon discovering this.

Director Zhang Tongzhu, who once worked with Bai, said the rumours could not be true.

"In my mind, Bai is an innocent girl and worked hard," said Zhang.

Bai was born in Diaobingshan, Liaoning Province on June 4, 1983.

The case is still under investigation.

klim@sph.com.sg


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