Family dismisses speculation on health problems

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 November, 2003, 12:00am

Cheung Chi-shum's family yesterday dismissed speculation he was suffering from serious illnesses.

Speaking outside the public mortuary in Western where Cheung's family went to identify the body, the officer's younger brother, filmmaker Cheung Che-kwok, said: 'I've learned from his family that there was no problem with his health.'

His comment came after media speculation that the 54-year-old officer, who is survived by his wife and daughter, was suffering from cancer and depression.

Overcome with emotion, Mr Cheung did not elaborate why his brother took his life. 'It's a path he chose. We can only respect him. We believe my brother is now living happily in the world of utmost bliss,' he said.

'My brother will always be in our hearts. Our brotherhood is everlasting. Our bond will never change, be it yesterday, today or tomorrow.'

He revealed that they had donated his brother's corneas to two eye patients.

Mr Cheung also revealed that his brother's suicide note said he wanted to be cremated. The funeral is expected to be held next week.