PETALING JAYA - A former photographer of The Star, Chua Kok Hwa (pic), passed away yesterday due to nasopharynx cancer (nose cancer). He was 55.
Chua is survived by his wife, Yee Lee Wah, 51, and two children, Chua Jie Si, 21, and Chua Jie Jun, 18. Yee said Chua was first diagnosed with the cancer in 2009.
Chua joined The Star's photo desk on Nov 15, 1994.
He had previously been attached to Chinese dailies Tong Bao, which was later closed down, and Guang Ming before joining The Star.
He retired in November last year from his position as an assistant chief photographer after 18 years of service in the company.
The Star photo desk head Ng Kok Leong said Chua had been a hardworking and cheerful person.
"We worked closely on many occasions and he was very dedicated to his job," he said.
The wake wil be held at 11, Jalan SL 11/5, Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang.
The funeral is at 2pm tomorrow.