Hospitalized for liver cancer, Hong Kong actor Ng Man Tat‘s (吳孟達) health outlook is grim. Currently in the Intensive Care Unit, the 70-year-old actor received surgery earlier, but the cancer has spread extensively and led to multiple organ failure. Ng Man Tat’s doctor advised his family and close friends to see him for perhaps the last time.
Good friend, actor/producer Tin Kai Man (田啟文) revealed that Ng Man Tat was already diagnosed with liver cancer earlier when he was doing a poster photo shoot for new movie, The Legend of the Shaolin Temple <少林寺之得寶傳奇>. Feeling unwell, Ng Man Tat went for an examination in Macau and was told he had liver cancer.
“Two months ago, Ng Man Tat returned to Hong Kong for surgery and chemotherapy. He hasn’t left the hospital since then,” Tin Kai Man explained. A lot of friends, including Wilson Tsui (艾威), have tried visiting Ng Man Tat during this time as “the outlook is terrible.”
When friends visited Ng Man Tat recently, he kept saying he was in a lot of pain. At that time, he took morphine every four hours to relieve the pain, but it was no longer effective.
Stephen Chow Extends Help
When Ng Man Tat was initially hospitalized, he did not notify any friends. His frequent co-star, Stephen Chow (周星馳), only learned of his illness after reading the newspaper. Stephen reached out to Tin Kai Man to ask about the actor’s current state, and offered to introduce top doctors to treat him. Ng Man Tat’s family declined the offer, as they did not want to transfer him to another hospital for treatment due to his fragile condition.
Dispelling the rivalry rumors between Ng Man Tat and Stephen, Tin Kai Man revealed that Stephen has always cared about his friends, but he just prefers to stay under the radar.
Decline Seven Years Ago
In 2014, Ng Man Tat suffered heart failure due to a virus infection. He immediately quit smoking and stopped drinking. “At that time, I really couldn’t do anything, but my heart still desired to do many things. My health couldn’t hold up…. In the middle of the night, it felt as if it’s my time to go.”
Initially reducing his work to recuperate, Ng Man Tat had to continue working because he still had to financially support his large family. The actor has two ex-wives, a current wife, and five children from his three marriages. In 2019, he filmed Chinese sci-fi film The Wandering Earth <流浪地球> although his “health had never recovered,” making the actor regret taking on the role after only two days on the filming set.
This article was updated on February 27, 2021 at 1:15 a.m. to reflect Ng Man Tat’s rapidly declining health condition and transfer to the ICU.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.