Taiwanese poet Guan Guan dies at age 92
Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Taiwanese poet Kuang Yun-loong (管運龍), better known by his penname Guan Guan (管管), passed away Saturday at the age of 92.
According to a Facebook post by his ex-wife, writer Yuang Chiung-chiung (袁瓊瓊), he died Saturday afternoon after he was found unconscious at his home.
Guan Guan was rushed to a nearby hospital and admitted to an intensive care unit, but he never regained consciousness, Yuang said.
Born in China's Shandong Province in 1929, Guan Guan worked as a reporter and later a host for military broadcasting companies in Taiwan, before he started writing poetry in the 1960s.
He was a long-time member of the Epoch Poetry Society and had published a number of poetry collections and volumes of prose.
Guan Guan's poetry is characterized by the use of Shandong dialect and disregard for sentence divisions, according to Chen Fang-ming (陳芳明), a professor at National Chengchi University's Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature.
On a personal level, Chen said, Guan Guan was always kind and approachable, and he was "young at heart."
On Sunday, Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te (李永得) also mourned the death of Guan Guan, saying he was highly respected.
Describing Guan Guan as multi-talented, Lee said the poet had been part of Taiwan's literary scene for years.
"He will be very much missed," Lee said.
Guan Guan was also a part-time actor in film, television, and theater, appearing in more than 30 movies and TV series during the course of his career.
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