Death of Philip Fang Shun-sang, brother of Anson Chan Fang On-sang

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 November, 2013, 4:17am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 September, 2015, 10:44pm

A younger brother of former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang has died after plunging from his flat in Lantau. He was 72.

The body of Philip Fang Shun-sang was found on a podium by block 3 at the Seaview Crescent estate on Tung Chung Waterfront Road at about 9pm on Sunday, police said.

He was taken to Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan where he was declared dead just after 10pm on Sunday. Police found nothing suspicious at the scene, and no suicide note was discovered.

Police said Fang had suffered from both emotional and physical illness.

Anson Chan last night confirmed the news through her spokesman, who said she was too sad to speak about it.

In September 2011, a statement was released in which Philip Fang allegedly accused some family members of stirring up trouble by tipping off the press about a row over the legacy left by his mother, renowned painter and calligrapher Fang Zhaoling, who died in 2006.

In a controversial letter printed in the Post's opinion pages in November 2011, Philip Fang likened Hong Kong to a spoiled brat and said Hongkongers were not patriotic enough.

He also called some democrats "the Gang of Four", referring to his sister Anson Chan, former Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming, founder and chairman of Next Media Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun.

Fang was chief of the United Nations Chinese interpretation section before retiring in 1999.

Philip Fang was the fourth of Anson Chan's seven siblings.