Tribute thread

On the blowingwind forum, the post had read: "We are a group of fans who are extremely shocked and saddened to know that MediaCorp actor, Huang Wenyong, is dying of cancer.

"We want to dedicate this thread to Huang Wenyong and his memory.

"Please send him your prayers, well-wishes, blessings and thoughts. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time.

"Wenyong, stay strong!"

When questioned by forum users on the veracity of the news, the netizen posted a link to a comment on the trevvy forum, where "sableboy" wrote on March 26 in a thread about the Star Awards, "Huang Wenyong may win coz he dying soon of cancer."

Both the threads on the hardwarezone and blowingwind forums have since been deleted.

But some damage has been done.

Comments found on various media websites have pegged these claims as "truths". Now, Huang's fans are outraged.

Said 50-year-old housewife Lee Bee Leng: "This is not funny at all. I don't know why Huang Wenyong was the victim of such a cruel act.

"Can you imagine how his family and relatives must have felt when they heard of it?

"If people want to have an opinion on a celebrity's acting or looks, that's okay. But to say someone is dead, dying or has cancer when it's not true is terrible."

Businessman Henry Kok, 47, added: "People who have been following reports on Huang Wenyong would have known that he wasn't in good health.

"Please leave Huang Wenyong alone so that he may recuperate in peace."

The brouhaha over Huang's health started last November when he was photographed looking pale and haggard at Channel 8's 30th Drama Anniversary Show.

He told the media that he had lost about 8kg due to stomach flu that he had had since last September while filming the Channel 8 drama It's A Wonderful Life.

Earlier this month, Huang had left an audio message to his fans on MediaCorp's online portal Toggle.

He said: "I am well. All my friends who are concerned about me, please do not worry.

"It has been some time since we've met. I have never dreamt that I would fall ill, even though I am very health conscious and exercise regularly.

"After this experience, I realise just how important being healthy is.

"During this time, I feel sorry for not being able to respond, despite receiving so many well wishes. Sorry and thank you everyone.

"Please don't forget to take care of your body. I will try my best as well.

"Hopefully, I'll be able to return to work, film more great shows and entertain every one."

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