Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Sun Yueh (孫越), a renowned actor who later became the country's best-known volunteer and humanitarian, has passed away in Taipei on Tuesday, National Taiwan University Hospital said Wednesday. He was 87.
Sun was admitted into National Taiwan University Hospital in mid-March due to gallstones.
While hospitalized, he suffered from an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was transferred to an intensive care unit for further treatment, according to a statement released by the John Tung Foundation (董氏基金會).
Sun served as a volunteer for the foundation, which is dedicated to helping people quit smoking and raising awareness of tobacco hazards.
Born on October 26, 1930 in Zhejiang Province in China before moving to Taiwan with the Kuomintang (KMT) in 1949, Sun started his movie career in 1962.
He quickly became a pillar of the industry by winning numerous awards for his work, including for best actor at the Golden Horse Awards, Taiwan's version of the Oscars.
The former chain smoker was baptized as a Christian in 1981 and quit smoking.
Upon his retirement in 1989, he became active in Taiwan's anti-smoking campaign as well as many other social causes, such as hospice care, suicide prevention, and advocacy for abused children.