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James Bond star Kenneth Tsang dies in Covid quarantine hotel aged 86

Metro logo Metro 27/04/2022 Cydney Yeates
Veteran actor Kenneth Tsang has died in a quarantine hotel (Picture: Rex) © Provided by Metro Veteran actor Kenneth Tsang has died in a quarantine hotel (Picture: Rex)

James Bond actor Kenneth Tsang has died aged 86 in a Covid quarantine hotel in Hong Kong, according to reports.

The Hollywood actor – best known for his roles in Die Another Day and Rush Hours 2 – was staying in isolation at the Kowloon Hotel after he returned from Singapore on Monday.

South China Morning Post claims that Ministry of Health found staff found Tsang unconscious on Wednesday and that he could not be revived.

Sources told the publication that Tsang had tested negative for Covid earlier in the week and that a cause of death has not yet been determined.

It’s been said that the star had been staying at the hotel in accordance with Hong Kong’s travel quarantine rules, which require travellers to undergo a seven-day isolation period.

Tsang appeared in a number of movies and TV shows over the course of his impressive career (Picture: Rex) © Provided by Metro Tsang appeared in a number of movies and TV shows over the course of his impressive career (Picture: Rex) He appeared in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day (Picture: Rex) © Provided by Metro He appeared in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day (Picture: Rex)

Tsang had a long career in acting spanning 50 years.

During that time, he appeared in blockbuster Hollywood films, including the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Rush Hour 2 (2001).

Tsang made his movie debut in 1955 when he starred in the film The Feud at just 16.

What are quarantine hotels and what are the requirements in Hong Kong?

Some countries require people to quarantine following travel to prevent the spread of Covid.

Governments have designated hotels for passengers, which are listed on government websites.

For quarantine arrangements in Hong Kong:

  • You are not allowed to leave your designated quarantine location/room for seven days. This means you’re also unable to leave Hong Kong for the duration of the quarantine
  • If you are allocated a government quarantine centre, you may be asked to contribute around £20 (HK$200) per night towards the cost
  • Items that can be taken into government quarantine centres are restricted. There is no smoking allowed and no alcohol. Depending on your centre, facilities may be basic: there may be no fridge and no air-conditioning and you may need to share a room

One year later, he landed a part in Who Isn’t Romantic? (1956). In the mid-1960s, Tsang starred in detective films and classic kung fu movies with Hong Kong teen idols Connie Chan Po-chu and Josephine Siao.

He also filmed a number of Singaporean Chinese dramas during the 1990s, notably the 1995 epic The Teochew Family and The Unbeatables II in 1996.

In 2015, he won the best supporting actor award at the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards for his role Overheard 3, a Hong Kong-Chinese crime thriller.

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