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Famed Vietnamese comedian Chi Tai dies from stroke

Wednesday, December 09, 2020, 19:00 GMT+7
Famed Vietnamese comedian Chi Tai dies from stroke
Vietnamese comedian Chi Tai. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

Chi Tai, a well-known comedian in Vietnam and Vietnamese communities overseas, suffered a stroke at his apartment and died in hospital on Wednesday afternoon, his former manager confirmed later on the same day.

Tai was discovered lying motionless at the seventh floor’s staircase inside his apartment building in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoang, his ex-manager, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper the same day.

Despite emergency treatment, the renowned Vietnamese comedian could not make it and passed away at the hospital at around 3:20 pm on Wednesday, Hoang said.

Chi Tai, born in 1958, was a famous Vietnamese musician, comedian, and actor.

He first rose to prominence in the Vietnamese community in the United States in the 1980s as the lead guitarist of popular band Chi Tai Brothers.

Vietnamese comedians Chi Tai (left) and Hoai Linh. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese comedians Chi Tai (left) and Hoai Linh. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese comedians Chi Tai (right) and Hoai Linh. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese comedians Chi Tai (right) and Hoai Linh. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese comedians Chi Tai (right) and Hoai Linh. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese comedians Chi Tai (right) and Hoai Linh. Photo: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

A police officer examines the scene where comedian Chi Tai was found lying motionless in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, December 9, 2020. Photo: M.H. / Tuoi Tre

A police officer examines the scene where comedian Chi Tai was found lying motionless in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, December 9, 2020. Photo: M.H. / Tuoi Tre

He and famous Vietnamese artist Hoai Linh made a strikingly popular pair of comedians, widely known as Hoai Linh – Chi Tai, since 1997.

Following his return to Vietnam, Tai has been active in several art fields, including comedy, cinema, theater, and TV shows and dramas.

Vietnamese comedian Chi Tai sends his best wishes to the audience in celebration of the 2018 Lunar New Year holiday. Video: Gia Tien / Tuoi Tre

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