Former Hong Kong actress, 49-year old Yammie Nam (藍潔瑛), has been living a troubled life since being diagnosed with psychological problems in 1999. With her mental state constantly unstable and inability to sustain a job, she also faced personal bankruptcy. In 2010, Yammie refused to take medicine and was admitted to a hospital for treatment. Ever since, she lived off welfare with a few thousand dollars (HKD) per month and received help from friends. Recent reports state she is missing, since many of her neighbors have not seen her around in a while.
To verify the tabloids, reporters visited Yammie’s apartment in the Stanley district of Hong Kong. A resident shared that he last saw Yammie coming home with a friend from church a week ago. “Her condition has gotten better, but she has a lot of white hair now. Before, she would scream and harass little children,” the man said.
The reporters also paid a visit to street vendors around the neighborhood. A few children announced they have not seen Yammie in two or three months. In fact, the last time they saw her was during their summer break. When Yammie’s good friend, Mary Yeung (楊曼莉), was questioned, she reassured the press that everything is fine. “Nothing happened,” Mary reported. “I spoke with her over the phone two days ago.”
Yammie has often been sighted in a trance-like state on the streets of Hong Kong, with her odd behavior attracting a large number of pedestrians gawking due to her popularity as a TVB star in the 1980s. Her friends in the entertainment industry, Meg Lam (林建明), Margie Tsang (曾華倩), Eric Tsang(曾志偉), Michelle Yim (米雪), and Susan Siu (邵音音), have attempted to help her in the past with little success, as Yammie’s mental state often suffered relapses.
This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.