Hundreds of grieving fans paid respects to star Sita Chan yesterday, who they say seemed like a true friend to all of them.
Chan died in a car crash three months after winning TVB's best new female singer award.
Fans lined up hours before her memorial service began at Po Fook Memorial Hall in Sha Tin, carrying flowers and paper cranes that they had made to add to the enormous collection of cranes at the entrance to the hall.
Form Five student Stephanie said she came to show her gratitude. "When I wasn't able to get tickets to one of her concerts, I wrote on her Facebook page saying I was sad about it, and she mailed me two complimentary tickets. "I couldn't believe a celebrity would do something like that."
Another fan, in his 20s, said Chan was remarkably personable and appreciative of her fans. "We corresponded over Facebook and she was very encouraging of me pursuing a career in showbusiness," he said. "I folded 100 paper cranes and want to give them to her little sister today."
Chan, 26, was pulled unconscious from the wreckage of her Lexus which went out of control and crashed on a Yau Ma Tei flyover on April 17. She was declared dead at Kwong Wah Hospital less than two hours later.
Chan was en route to her home in Kowloon West at the time.
In January, Chan - also known as Chan Hei-yi - won best new female singer at the 2012 TVB Jade Solid Gold Best Ten music awards presentation.