HK star Ricky Hui dies at 65

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Hong Kong actor Ricky Hui Koon Ying was found dead in his apartment at 10pm on Tuesday at age 65.

He died of a heart attack.

Ricky had been suffering from heart problems and was dependent on a pacemaker after undergoing surgery last year.

He was feeling unwell recently and friends who dropped by to check on him said his doorbell went unanswered.

His brother Stanley, who had keys to the apartment, rushed there to find him dead.

The news of Ricky's death was confirmed by Hong Kong filmmaker Clifton Ko and Samuel Hui's concert producer Siu Chiu Shun.

Ricky was slated to participate in Samuel's concerts in April next year.

He was a Cantopop singer and movie star who was active in Chinese cinema from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Ricky has seven albums and 61 movies to his name.

He was a journalist with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Hong Kong before embarking on a film career.

His big break came when he joined his brothers on screen making memorable comedies that signified a new era in Hong Kong cinema.

His eldest brother is famed comedian Mi­­chael and his youngest brother is renowned singer-songwriter Samuel, also known as Hong Kong's first God of Song.

He also leaves behind another brother, Stanley, and a sister, Judy.

The unassuming actor's popular movies included The Private Eyes (1976), Security Unlimited (1981), Mr Vampire (1985) and Chicken and Duck Talk (1988).

His last films were Super Model (2004), Forever Yours (2004) and Divergence (2005).

Born in Guangdong, China, in 1946, Ricky migrated with his family to Hong Kong in 1950.