Top theatre actress Emma Yong, one-third of the popular musical comedy Dim Sum Dollies, has died after a protracted fight with cancer.
Ms Yong, who died aged 36, is survived by her husband, interior designer Jerry Lim, whom she married last year.
Tributes to Ms Yong flowed on Twitter as the news broke after midnight. Nominated Member of Parliament and fellow actress Janice Koh tweeted: “We have lost a beautiful actress and one of our most talented performers and singers tonight. Rest in peace, my dear Emma. Miss you …”
Actress Neo Swee Lin tweeted: “RIP darling Emma. Angels bear you aloft. our performing family has lost one of our greatest talents.”
Fellow thespian Hossan Leong added: “I love you, Emma. Heartbroken.”
Actresses beyond the stage joined in the chorus of tribute for Ms Yong. Said host and film-maker Michelle Chong on Twitter: “You will be missed. And remembered for your passion and dedication. RIP.”
Actor Tay Ping Hui said that “Singapore has lost one of its most talented actresses”, while actress Rebecca Lim tweeted: “Your talent, strength, optimism and determination will forever be remembered. Thanks for being an inspiration.”
Added Gurmit Singh: “Us and the arts have lost a dear, talented lady.”
Ms Yong, 36, was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer last January, but appeared to have recovered by the middle of the year, appearing in Dream Academy’s Into the Woods in July. However, she pulled out of the Crazy Christmas musical to undergo chemotherapy after she suffered a relapse in September.
Ms Yong’s acclaimed career spanned 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).