Ex-bf tributes Barbara Yung...27 years after her death
Barbara Yung Mei-ling, a household name in the 1980s, passed away over two decades ago, but still remains in the hearts of many.
The actress was at the peak of her career when she died from gas inhalation at her home in Hong Kong in 1985. She was just 26.
It was speculated that she had taken her own life over her relationship with actor Kent Tong, back then.
Twenty-seven years after her death, a Dutch ex-boyfriend from her college days - known only as Rob - set up a webpage in memory of Barbara.
The couple's relationship was unknown until Rob made a video showing photos of him and Barbara, titled "Barbara Yung, an unknown lovestory" in 2010. To watch it, click here.
Rob, who is now married with two children, had spent three years creating the site, which has 100 personal photos of the young couple back when they were still dating in England.
He also wrote a timeline of events between him and Barbara, including how they met and spent their time together.
The timeline states that at the age of 15, Yung moved to the United Kingdom to live with her mother.
After completing her O-levels, she went to Cambridge College of Arts and Technology where she met Rob – a medical student then – in 1976.
"She sat alone in the canteen and wrote in a black book, as always... I went to sit opposite her...
"We told each about our lives…. We had great fun telling these stories…," Rob wrote.
The young students began dating later. They broke up in 1981, and were not in contact since then.
Barbara returned to Hong Kong and participated in the 1982 Miss Hong Kong contest, where she won 9th place.
She was offered a contract by TVB and made her acting debut the same year in The Legend of the Unknowns, where she met Kent Tong.
She shot to fame with this drama and there was more to come...
Her Wong Yung character in 1983's The Legend of the Condor Heroes made her a household name in Hong Kong and Asia including Malaysia.
The website of Barbara (http://www.barbarayung.nl) has attracted more than 311,000 visitors so far.
Published June 2, 2012