Mon, Jan 07, 2008
The Straits Times
Celebrity-studded farewell for 'MC King'

HUNDREDS of people turned up to bid farewell to Singaporean comedian Jimmy Nah on Monday at a funeral that was both tearful and filled with song.

Some 50 celebrities were there, including MediaCorp artistes Chew Chor Meng, Thomas Ong, Zheng Geping, Marcus Chin, Aileen Tan, Huang Shinan and Pan Lingling.

It was held at the void deck below his Cassia Crescent HDB flat near Old Airport Road.

Before the funeral started, the stars sang to Nah, serenading him with his favourite karaoke songs. Many artistes wept as they sang.

Nah, who went by the nickname MC King, experienced breathing problems while at home last Friday afternoon.

He was sent to Tan Tock Seng hospital where he died. He was 40.

Monday's ceremony of Buddhist rites began at 11am. At about noon, Nah left on his final journey to Mandai Crematorium.

There, stars took turns to go to the podium to pay tribute to their friend.

Nah earned the nickname MC King after a malingering character he played in the 1990 Mandarin sitcom Friends Next Door.

But in real life, he was nothing like his malingering on-screen persona.

A graduate from the then-Singapore Broadcasting Corporation Drama Training Course in 1989, he had appeared in more than 60 local Chinese drama series, English sitcoms, variety shows and stage plays.

Read the full story in Life! in Tuesday's edition of The Straits Times.

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