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Former movie actress, Cherie Chung Chor Hung's husband, Mike Chu Ka Ding, died of cancer on 8/24/2007.
 
Loving intellectual men, Cherie Chung chose advertising mogul, Mike Chu, as her life-long partner.

Former movie actress, Cherie Chung Chor Hung's husband, Mike Chu Ka Ding, died of cancer last week. Mike died at the age of 53, leaving the 47 year-old Cherie as a young widow.

Cherie was an extremely popular movie actress in the 1980's and 1990's. In 1979, she competed in the Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant and won the Most Photogenic award. Although she was not placed in the top three, Cherie's beauty attracted movie producers and her career flourished. In her 12 year acting career, she starred in over 60 movies alongside superstars such as Chow Yun Fat, Leslie Cheung, Danny Chan, Andy Lau, etc.

Mike Chu founded an advertising empire, Synergie (靈智廣告) and won 200+ awards internationally and in Hong Kong. In 1986, he won Hong Kong's 4A Golden Creativity Award and earned his first $10 million (HKD) one year later. His company merged with The Ball Partnership Advertising Company in 1988. In the same year, the combined company was selected by a magazine as the third most creative advertising company in the world.

Mike and Cherie were married happily for 15 years and will now be separated by Mike's death. In 1979, Mike, who had just entered the advertising industry, met the young Cherie, who had just competed in the Miss Hong Kong pageant. But their friendship did not strengthen until 1984, when Mike asked Cherie to star in a Puma athletics ad. In 1987, Cherie and Mike started dating and got married 4 years later in Los Angeles, USA.

Last Friday, on August 24th, rumors of Mike's death circulated. Reporters immediately contacted the Chu family and Mike's friends to confirm his death. Mike's elder brother, Chu Ka Yan, dodged reporters' questions, while Cherie disappeared. The Chu family was very protective, but Mike's friends confirmed his death.

During Mike's illness, he received various treatments at the hospital. His illness was publicly revealed in May 2007, when the press took a photo of him at a doctor's office. The 6 feet tall Mike was literally skin-and-bones, wasting down to only 130 pounds. He lost approximately 50 pounds from his old weight. Tabloids ran headlines of "Mike Chu Seeks Doctor to Cure Mysterious Illness." At the time, Mike sought an acupuncturist for pain management. The Chu family also used Chi Kung to manage Mike's illness.

Mike and Cherie continued to reveal details of Mike's illness. Cherie said that her husband lost weight due to an excessive diet, while Mike said he had a lower back disease. Later rumors claimed that Mike had rectal cancer, but the real cause of his death remained unconfirmed.

Allegedly, Mike often suffered lower back pain, leading to insomnia. The severe pain affected his appetite and caused him to lose weight. Mike originally had stomach cancer, but it spread to his large intestine.

Mike battled cancer for 3 years and finally sought an acupuncturist to relieve his pain. With the reduced pain, Mike was able to sleep at night. Family members thought his illness was heading for a positive turn, but unfortunately the cancer finally took Mike's life.

Mike Chu's funeral rites will take place on August 31st and his body will be cremated. His remains have already been transported to a funeral parlor and a Catholic ceremony will be held. To suit Mike's low-key personality, only close family members will be present.


Source: Mingpao

紅姑周末搞追思彌撒悼亡夫
帛金捐給華仁「One Family Foundation」

鍾楚紅夫婿朱家鼎因罹患大腸癌於上周五離開人間,為了他退出娛圈的紅姑為此傷心欲絕,一直足不出戶。直至今日,才通過報章刊登訃聞,決定於本周六在先夫的母校華仁書院的教堂舉行追思彌撒,並將所有帛金捐給華仁書院的「One Family Foundation」。

 紅姑與這位廣告界奇才的朱家鼎結婚十六載,一直形影不離,十分恩愛。直至去年朱家鼎被拍下暴瘦圖片,因而傳出他罹患大腸癌,期間遍尋名醫治病,接受過不同的治療方法醫治,但仍然無效。直至上周五他的病情轉壞,送進養和醫院,延至周五傍晚7時終告不治。

傷心欲絕足不出戶

 將於今日刊登的訃聞由愛妻鍾楚紅發出,內文是:「先夫朱家鼎不幸於2007年8月24日晚上7時離開我們,吾等摯愛選擇於9月1日下午3時正假座九龍窩打老道56號九龍華仁書院之聖依納爵堂舉行追思彌撒,妻鍾楚紅泣告。」從言詞間,可看出紅姑的悲慟心情,至今仍未能平復伏。難得的是在最艱難的日子,紅姑仍不忘行善積德,決定將追思彌撒中收到親友的心意捐給慈善機構。

 他的親友亦證實會刊登訃聞,但他的家人對於此事看法一致,希望可低調處理。與紅姑私交甚篤的發哥發嫂在該段期間,不斷致電安慰,紅姑依然傷心欲絕,足不出戶,希望新聞界可給她些空間,不要騷擾她。

 鍾鎮濤亦表示會致電慰問紅姑,他又謂一直與紅姑有電話來往,希望紅姑可以節哀。」

 和鍾楚紅私交甚篤的好友黃馬琍得知消息後,隨即調配工作,希望立即由台灣飛來港陪伴鍾楚紅,兩人相識於拍攝電影「竹籬笆外的春天」,鍾楚紅與朱家鼎婚後到世界各地旅遊,接觸各國的SPa,當年黃馬琍開SPa店,鍾楚紅不但扮演軍師角色,常在半夜想到新的點子就打給黃馬琍,更飛台支持好友出席新店開幕儀式。2004年南亞海嘯,鍾楚紅與朱家鼎浩劫餘生,令她緊張萬分,當她得知朱的死訊,她第一時間不斷禱告,更為好友心疼,希望盡早處理好事情,趕來香港陪伴。