Taiwanese actress Luo Pei-ying found dead at her home
Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) The actress Luo Pei-ying (羅霈穎), a veteran of Taiwan's variety show circuit, was found dead at her home in Taipei late Monday after failing to appear at a gathering with friends the day before, according to Taipei City Police.
At 9:30 p.m. Monday, emergency services were called by several of Luo's friends to Luo's residence on Bade Road in Taipei. Emergency service personnel found the deceased 59-year-old actress lying in bed and a box of sleeping pills on a bedside table.
Luo had no visible signs of injury and appeared to have been dead for at least one day, authorities said.
According to a source familiar with the investigation, Luo was first found by her friends, who were able to get into her apartment because they knew her key code.
They went to check on her after she failed to show up at a get-together on Sunday and did not respond to their messages or calls.
Police have initially ruled out foul play in Luo's death and had contacted her elder brother as the next of kin, they said.
As a precaution, however, they said they will examine surveillance camera footage from the area on Tuesday, and will wait for autopsy results to confirm the cause and manner of Luo's death.
Luo, who would have turned 60 on Aug. 12, was born in Keelung and got her start in the entertainment industry as a model.
In 1980, she was given her first major role in a Chinese Television System drama after being discovered by the producer Chou You (周遊).
She was later a regular on the variety show "Golden Partner" (黃金拍檔), and made frequent appearances on celebrity talk shows, where she was known for her big personality and outspoken comedic style.
Luo's elder brother is the poet and former National Taiwan Normal University professor Luo Qing (羅青).
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