Mui Tak Ming (梅德明), the older brother of late superstar Anita Mui (梅艷芳), passed away yesterday following a year-long battle with laryngeal cancer. He was 62 years old. Mui Tak Ming was diagnosed in April 2014 after he had trouble swallowing food. He was surrounded by Mother Mui and his family when he died in bed at the Grantham Hospital.
Three of Mother Mui’s four children had died of cancer. Mui Tak Ming was the third. Daughters Ann Mui (梅愛芳) and Anita both passed away from cervical cancer, respectively in 2000 and 2003. Ann was 41 and Anita was 40.
Mother Mui was still very emotionally unstable from the loss of her son, and repeatedly shouted Tak Ming’s name. When asked about the circumstances of Kai Ming’s death, brother Mui Kai Ming (梅啟明) responded calmly. “Family members were by his side.” Commenting that all his younger siblings have passed away from cancer, he said, “I will take care of mother.”
Anita’s Will Leaves an Ongoing Battle for Money
When Anita passed away in December 2003, she left behind a will which bequeathed her two properties to close friend Eddie Lau (劉培基) and her four nieces and nephews. The remainder was given to her mother, providing her a life tenancy of $70,000 HKD per month. After Mother Mui’s death, the rest of Anita’s assets would be given to the New Horizon Buddhist Association.
In 2008, Mother Mui attempted to gain control of Anita’s entire fortune by challenging the validity of the will, but lost the battle. Expressing that $70,000 HKD per month was not enough, Mother Mui succeeded in increasing her life tenancy to over $100,000 HKD per month from Anita’s trust fund, but this was later suspended in 2013.
Anita’s two older brothers Kai Ming and Tak Ming also filed claims to court regarding Anita’s estate, claiming that the company in charge of managing Anita’s inheritance made mistakes while handling the will’s legal files. They demanded to get paid $1.5 billion HKD.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.