Local media reported that the veteran Hong Kong actor, Kenneth Tsang, died while in a COVID-19 quarantine hotel in the southern Chinese city.
Tsang is best known internationally for his action roles in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day, John Woo’s “Killer” in 1989, the 2001 “Rush Hour 2” starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and the 1998 film “The Replacing Assassins” to Side by Chu Yun Fat and Mira Sorvino.
Tsang had been under a seven-day quarantine after returning from Singapore on Monday and staff found him collapsed on the floor of his hotel room on Wednesday, according to the South China Morning Post and other media.
The South China Morning Post said Tsang was 87, but other sources said he was 86.
The cause of death was not disclosed, and the newspaper said he tested positive for the virus and did not have underlying medical conditions.
In all, Tsang has earned 237 acting credits, mostly in Hong Kong film and television productions, especially in police and martial arts films, according to his IMDb page.
Born in Shanghai, Tsang began acting after earning a degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and made his debut in 1955. In 1969 alone, he earned over 20 films and continued to act until his death.
Tsang has been married three times and has a son by his first wife, Lan Di, and a daughter by his second wife, Barbara Tang.
Hong Kong is dealing with a renewed outbreak of the highly contagious omicron variant and requires all incoming travelers to undergo a quarantine of up to 14 days.
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