The funeral of Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum has been tentatively set for April 18. Representatives of Asia's richest woman, who died on Tuesday, made no official announcement regarding the funeral yesterday, but staff at the Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point said it had been asked to reserve Wednesday, April 18. Arrangements had yet to be finalised, they said. Wang, who was 69, died from an undisclosed illness at the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital. She was widely reported to have been suffering from cancer, but her personal assistant, Ringo Wong, would say only that she had been suffering from an 'illness' and had been well enough to work until shortly before her death. Mr Wong said on Wednesday that an announcement of the funeral arrangements would be made at a later date, adding that issues such as the guest list would have to be sorted out beforehand. Tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun yesterday expressed his sadness at the death of the Chinachem chief, describing her as 'a friend of many decades'. 'She was always nice to me and had her own business sense,' he said. 'She was a talent in the property market ... and knew how to deal with the government better than her husband [the late Teddy Wang Teh-huei].' Mr Ho said Wang, like her husband, was too frugal and did not know how to enjoy having money and being rich. He claimed Wang would not even spend money to treat her cancer until very late in her illness. Wang was ranked the 204th wealthiest person in the world in Forbes magazine's 2007 rich list, estimating her worth at HK$32.7 billion. Debate is raging over who will inherit her fortune, as she and her late husband, Teddy Wang Teh-huei, who disappeared after being kidnapped in 1990, had no children. Speculation remains rife that her siblings and nieces and nephews will be left most of her money, or that it may go to charity.