Top 10 Chinese celebrities who died young

By Zhang Junmian
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   Barbara Yung

Stage photo of Barbara Yung in TVB's swordplay series The Legend of the Condor Heroes [File photo]

Age of Death: 26

Barbara Yung (May 7, 1959-May 14, 1985) was a TV actress in Hong Kong. In 1982, Yung made her debut in a Cantonese swordplay drama series-The Legend of the Unknowns and took the limelight. Yung reached her career prime in 1983 when she starred the TVB's swordplay series The Legend of the Condor Heroes, a drama based on a famous martial arts novel by Louis Cha. With a sweet face and stunning acting skills, she portrayed the leading character Wong Yung vividly and she herself became a sensation in Asia in the 1980's. The classic role of Wong Yung earned her the nickname "Yunger Forever" by countless fans.

Her career came to a sudden stop on May 14, 1985, when she killed herself using gas. The suspected reason for her committing suicide was the end of her relationship with the then TVB actor Ken Tong, who has been condemned for more than 20 years.


Place of birth: Hong Kong

Ancestry: Anhui

Height: 158cm

Occupation: Actress

Masterpieces (TV dramas): The Legend of the Unknowns, The Legend of the Condor Heroes, The Man in the Middle, The Foundation, The New Adventures of Chor Lau-heung and The Rough Ride

Years active: 1982–1985

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