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Comedian Tony Fish dies at age 37

2012/07/23 21:49:31

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Taiwanese entertainer Tony Fish, who starred in the Hollywood film Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, has died at the age of 37 after contracting a serious lung infection, his former agent and TV producer Shen Yu-lin confirmed Monday.

Fish, known locally by his nickname "Da Bing," was suffering from pneumonia and died at a hospital in Beijing on July 20, Shen said.

According to the producer, the comedian's body has already been cremated, and his ashes were expected to return to Taiwan later Monday.

Fish's memorial service is scheduled to be held on July 30, the Home of Christian Performing Artists said in a statement released on Monday night.

Fish had a small role in the 2005 movie starring Rob Schneider, playing a gigolo's representative in Taiwan.

He was also well-known for impersonating politicians and female celebrities such as former Premier Frank Hsieh and late Grammy Award-winning singer Whitney Houston.

The comedian had struggled with a drug addiction, and he took a leave of absence from showbiz in Taiwan in March 2011 after being arrested for using drugs for the fourth time.

(By Hanna Liu)