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Melody Ng
Monday, Jun 9, 2014

Showbiz, Singapore

Victor Khoo: A man of 'warmth & affection

The New Paper | Melody Ng | Monday, Jun 9, 2014

(L-R) Veteran entertainer Victor Khoo and RediStar deejays Nufrizal Abu Bakar and Vincent Lim.

SINGAPORE - Victor and Charlee. Their familiarity and fame were such that there was never any need for honorifics or surnames.

Now, with the death of Mr Victor Khoo, what remains is the legacy of the joy and laughter they brought to Singaporeans.

Mr Khoo died from cancer yesterday morning after struggling with the disease for some time.

He was 63.

A popular figure in the 70s and 80s, he was known for his versatility: Hosting radio shows and corporate events, performing magic and, of course, his famous ventriloquist act with Charlee the puppet.

Together, they entertained audiences all over the world.

He performed at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, several parts of Europe and many more countries in Asia.

Indeed, he paved the way for Singaporean entertainers.

Mr Khoo went from hosting a radio show in the early days of Rediffusion to hosting several corporate events.

He even tried his hand at directing a film.

But most fans remember Mr Khoo and Charlee hosting Happy Talk on radio in the 1990s.

A family spokesman said in a statement yesterday: "We remember him for his generosity, his wit, his unfailing optimism, and his warmth and affection.

"He always had time for his family and close friends. Even at the end, he had a smile and a squeeze of the hand for us and all who visited."

Ms Pamela Wildheart, who worked with Mr Khoo on several projects, said the most memorable time she had with him was reciting poetry under the stars at an event at The Night Safari in 2006.

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