I woke up this morning to the shocking news of Emma Yong’s passing. An established and talented Singaporean actress in film and theatre, Emma, 36, passed away last night after a short-lived battle with stomach cancer.
Members of the performing family grief today for the loss of one of their most luminous star.
Emma is one-third of the popular musical comedy Dim Sum Dollies, and is a popular and established local actress with an acclaimed career spanning a diverse range of roles, from serious drama in Blackbird to lighter fare like Cinderel-LAH and Boeing Boeing, as well as film (The Blue Mansion).
Emma is a triple-threat celebrity – she could sing, act and dance well. Plus, she had an ethereal beauty that endears her to her audience and fellow Thespians. (For more reading on Emma’s death, click here.)
As the Singapore entertainment industry mourns the devastation that is Emma’s early departure from this world, we remember some of the other young stars who invoke the same sense of pity by dying too young.
Heath Ledger, 28, died of an accidental drug overdose at 28. He was an Australian television and film actor who found fame in the United States with the following films including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight’s Tale(2001), Brokeback Mountain (2005), and The Dark Knight (2008).
Aaliyah Dana Haughton, or more popularly known as simply Aaliya was a successful R&B singer and actress when she was killed at 22 in a plane crash before the release of her second film, ‘Queen of the Damned.’
The ‘Enter the Dragon’ star, Bruce Lee was already a martial arts icon when he died of a cerebral edema at 32. And tragically, his son, Brandon Bruce Lee, also died too young when he was accidentally killed by a faulty prop gun on the set of his first major film, ‘The Crow’ at age 28.