'Don't cry for me. Don't say my name. Let me go on my journey in peace.' That, and seeing her friends for a final time, was the last wish of pop superstar Anita Mui Yim-fong, conveyed by close friend actor Jackie Chan yesterday at a press conference at which news of her death was announced. Hong Kong's entertainment industry was in mourning as news of Mui's death spread. 'A superstar in show business, a friend who treats us with real love wholeheartedly, Miss Mui Yim-fong has passed away at 2.50am. She died of dysfunction of the lungs caused by cervical cancer,' announced fashion designer and long-time friend Eddie Lau Pui-kei at Happy Valley's Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital. She was 40 years old. Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa last night paid tribute to the singer and actress who dominated the entertainment scene for more than two decades. 'Ms Mui's achievements and community services signified the best of Hong Kong's spirit,' a spokesman said. 'Her success did not come easy. She started her stellar career on her own and achieved much with her own efforts. This was typical of how many Hong Kong people achieved successes.' Funeral services will start on January 11 at the Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point, which will be open to the public from 4pm. A private service will be held at 11am the following day for relatives and friends. Her body will then be taken to Cape Collinson for cremation. Mui's death followed those of Canto-pop legend Roman Tam Pak-sin in October last year, her closest celebrity friend, Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, in April, and veteran lyricist Lam Chun-keung - who penned many of her hits - last month. Friends spoke of the end of an era. 'Her death is a great loss to Hong Kong,' Chan said. 'Ah Mui doesn't only belong to show business, she belongs to Hong Kong. She liked being with friends, so she insisted to see all of us before she left. This year is a very sad year for our industry. 'It was Anita Mui's last wish. She did not want her friends to cry and be in despair, and she did not want people to yell out her name.' Mui first disclosed she had cervical cancer in September after being stalked by paparazzi for days. She said at the time that a benign tumour was discovered more than a year ago, but a recent checkup revealed it had turned malignant. She had insisted her sickness was not terminal. Movie star and friend Eric Tsang Chi-wai said yesterday: 'Her condition kept getting worse, but she still insisted on waiting for all her beloved friends and got the last glimpse of all of us and gave us all her blessing before she left us.'