Zhao Erkang, a famous Chinese artist and a first-class actor, passed away on Lunar New Year’s Eve, January 21, at 82.

On January 24, the Shanghai Observer announced Zhao’s death via Weibo. On the same day, Jiang Ping, vice chairman of China Film Group Corporation (CFGC), also published Zhao Erkang’s son’s announcement on his Wechat account.

Accordingly, the famous actor “died of a lung infection caused by the new crown (COVID)” at Peking University Hospital. The funeral will be held at Babaoshan funeral home on the fourth day of the Lunar New Year. However, the funeral will be kept simple, and there will be no farewell ceremony.

Zhao Erkang earned his status after starring in many movies that praised the Chinese Communist Party. His famous works are “Anxious to Return 归心似箭,” “A man called hero 中华英雄,” and “The Nanpu Bridge 情洒浦江.” Being ranked as a first-class actor by the Party, Zhao enjoyed government subsidies issued by the State Council.
Before Zhao, many other famous Chinese artists in the movie industry died during this pandemic. For example, on January 13, renowned actor Guan Zongxiang 管宗祥 died. Earlier, Pan Demin 潘德民, another famous artist, died on December 27. All of them are members of the Chinese Communist Party.

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