China Pop Diva Is Mourned in Hong Kong
Sun Jan 11, 4:54 AM ET
HONG KONG - Hundreds lined up outside a Hong Kong funeral parlor on Sunday to pay final respects to Chinese pop diva Anita Mui, who died last month at the age of 40.
Mourners filled two nearby basketball courts across the street from the Hong Kong Funeral Home where the entrance was inundated with white wreaths. Some fans wore black sweat shirts reading "we'll miss you forever."
The territory's top stars also filed in to pay tribute, including singers Sammi Cheng and Gigi Leung, along with former Chinese student leader Wu'er Kaixi, who lives in exile in Taiwan.
Mui died on Dec. 30 of lung complications caused by cervical cancer. Her funeral service was scheduled for Monday.
Mui shot to fame in the 1980s, winning admirers across the Chinese-speaking world with her deep and melancholic voice. She appeared in many acclaimed films.
Mui also was active in charity work. In 1989, she was part of a fund-raising effort for China's pro-democracy student movement, which mainland authorities crushed with a violent crackdown in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.