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‘Baba Nyonya’ actor Kenny Chan dies at 68

Star2 logo Star2 12/6/2018 Angelin Yeoh

Veteran actor Datuk Kenny Chan has died. He was 68.

When contacted, his wife Fern Loo confirmed the matter. Chan passed away at a hospital in Melaka on Tuesday evening.

“He was hospitalised on Monday due to a lung infection. We thought he would recover,” she said.

Chan has three children; sons Darrick Chan, Allen Chan and Shalyn Chan.

Chan was famous for his role as Bibik Neo in TV1’s Baba Nyonya. His co-star was Chee Hood Siong, who played best friend Ah Chim. Chee passed away in 2011.

The comedy series is certified by the Malaysian Book Of Records as the longest-running TV series in the country, lasting from the late 1980s till 2000, with 509 episodes in total.

After the show ended, Chan would dress up as his iconic role again for a cameo in Namewee’s Nasi Lemak 2.0.

Chan was passionate about Peranakan cuisine and opened a restaurant, Big Nyonya,  in Melaka.

a man standing in front of a store: Kenny Chan © Provided by Star Media Group Berhad Kenny Chan
Datuk Kenny Chan in a photo from The Star’s archives.

Datuk Kenny Chan (right) photographed on the set of Nasi Lemak 2.0 with Baba Nyonya co-star Chee Hood Siong, who died in 2011. © Provided by Star Media Group Berhad Datuk Kenny Chan (right) photographed on the set of Nasi Lemak 2.0 with Baba Nyonya co-star Chee Hood Siong, who died in 2011.

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