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Families, friends remember actress at funeral

2015/08/04 14:51:02

Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) Families and friends gathered at a funeral in Taipei on Tuesday to say farewell to actress Yang Ke-han (楊可涵), who committed suicide in July after battling depression.

The 27-year-old Yang, whose real name was Yang Chia-yu (楊家瑜), committed suicide on July 6 at her home and was declared dead at a hospital 12 days later after attempts to revive her failed.

At the funeral, Yang's elder brother said his sister had suffered from depression for a long time and chose to give up in the end.

"She is now healed," he said.

Yang's actress friend June Tsai (六月) said she tried to give guidance to Yang a few times, but Yang still took her life, and the only thing left to do was simply to bid her friend farewell.

"How could you do this to yourself? Do you know how heartbroken we are?" asked actor Yang Lie (楊烈 not related). He said he saw the actress as his own daughter and praised her for being kind and attentive to friends.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Yang's actor boyfriend Zhang Ting-hu (張庭瑚), who found the actress after her suicide and rushed her to the hospital, said the actress's death left him in anguish.

"Thank you all for your encouragement and care. I am sorry that I cannot say 'I am fine' right now, but I will do my best for Ke-han," he wrote.

Yang's death received intensive media attention, as it came less than three months after the suicide of 24-year-old model and actress Cindy (楊又穎), who allegedly killed herself because of cyber bullying.

People from entertainment circles urged the public to gain a better understanding of depression and stop stigmatizing the illness following the death of Yang Ke-han.

Yang launched her entertainment career in 2005 as a member of the variety show Blackie's Teenage Club. She later focused on acting and was nominated for a best supporting actress award at the 2013 Golden Bell Awards with her role in the TV drama "Flavor of Life" (含笑食堂).

(By Sabine Cheng and Christie Chen)