Stars and industry chiefs to carry Roman Tam's coffin

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 October, 2002, 12:00am

Canto-pop stars and leaders of the entertainment industry will be pallbearers on Monday at the funeral of singer Roman Tam Pak-sin who died last Friday at the age of 52.

Tam's record company, the Emperor Entertainment Group, yesterday announced the list of eight pallbearers which includes tycoon and head of the group, Albert Yeung Sau-shing, singers Jacky Cheung Hok-yau and Ekin Cheng Yi-kin, lyricist James Wong Jim, who penned many of Tam's most famous hits, and Director of Broadcasting Chu Pui-hing.

The funeral will be held at the Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point, and its organising committee, largely an honorary list, includes 52 names, most of whom are among the most powerful and famous figures in entertainment and broadcasting.

The committee includes Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping, action star Jackie Chan, actress Lydia Shum Tin-har, singers Joey Yung Cho-yee and Anita Mui Yim-fong, Metro Radio chief executive Kam Kwok-leung and former actor Tang Kwong-wing.

Tam died in Queen Mary Hospital after a two-year battle with liver cancer.

His death has generated a wave of nostalgia, with his concerts being replayed on television, hits dominating the radio and sales of his CDs booming.