The news of Yammie Lam‘s (藍潔瑛) death shook the Hong Kong entertainment industry. Although the details surrounding her passing are still unclear, Yammie’s older sister appeared at the morgue today to officially identify the body while accompanied by three relatives.
Suffering from mental illness and living alone for years, Yammie cut off ties from former close friends. It was understood that since the beginning of 2018, Yammie became increasingly withdrawn and spent most of her time in her apartment. She had died quietly at home and her death was not discovered until a friend had attempted to visit her on November 3.
The police initially had trouble locating Yammie’s older sister and three step-brothers, but as the 55-year-old actress’ death was covered by major Hong Kong news outlets, her family eventually learned of Yammie’s passing.
Spotted by reporters, Yammie’s older sister appeared sullen and refused to answer any questions, blocking her face away from the camera while wearing a face mask. Bidding goodbye to her sister, Yammie’s sister stayed at the morgue for many hours before leaving.
Memorial Service on November 9
Since Yammie was baptized in March of 2013 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, the church announced that they will be holding a memorial service for the late actress on the November 9.
Yammie’s good friend, Meg Lam (林建明) said that Yammie’s older sister has not decided on details of the funeral arrangements yet. Meg said, “She wants to let the church take care of it. Because after cremation, the church can provide the columbarium.”
Before the police were able to contact Yammie’s family, the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild (HKPAG) stated that it would assist with Yammie’s funeral. But the Guild apparently has not yet been able to speak directly with Yammie’s older sister, who wants to handle the funeral quietly without the presence of the media.
To remember Yammie, TVB will be playing two special editions of Yammie’s previous tele-movies, Always Remembering Yammie Lam –The Mamasan <永遠懷念藍潔瑛 霓虹姊妹花> and Always Remembering Yammie Lam – Fame or Shame <永遠懷念藍潔瑛 情危夜合花> on November 10 and 11. Prior to news of Yammie’s death surfacing, TVB had also announced that classic drama, Looking Back in Anger <義不容情>, which features Yammie in a memorable role, will be rebroadcast in the midnight timeslot in November.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.