Former Mediacorp actress Tiffany Leong, 30, dies of cancer

Former Mediacorp actress Tiffany Leong, 30, dies of cancer
PHOTO: Tiffany Leong's Facebook page

Malaysian-born actress Tiffany Leong died on Monday at age 30, after battling a rare hereditary disorder for two years, according to reports.

Leong was diagnosed with multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndrome in 2013, according to The Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia. She was later confirmed to have early-stage liver cancer.

Her passing was announced in a message on her Facebook page on Monday (Dec 28) at about 7.30pm.

According to Malaysian paper Oriental Daily, Leong had about 60 percent of her liver removed as part of treatment.

She returned to filming in Malaysia early this year, but was forced to stop again after an infection. She suffered a relapse recently and was admitted to hospital on Dec 23, reported Oriental Daily.

Mediacorp Studios Malaysia wrote on its Facebook page: “Last year, you were still with us … rest in peace, our leading lady… RIP.” 

 The actress and television host was nominated for the Top 10 most popular female artists at the 2011 Star Awards, according to The Straits Times.

Local stars such as Xiang Yun posted goodbye messages to Leong on Facebook.

Wrote Xiang Yun: "She was young, knowledgeable, talented, beautiful, humble, kind, hardworking, had many good points...  I will always remember gentle you, and your beautiful smile."

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