Taiwan talk show host dies aged 63

Talk show host Wang Ben-hu. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Talk show host Wang Ben-hu passed away at the National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Tainan at the age of 63 Thursday morning.

Rumors had emerged the previous day that the outspoken political commentator was close to death, with hospital officials rejecting media reports that he had already died.

Last month, reports emerged that Wang suffered from a rare disease which needed a bone marrow transplantation to cure. He was taken to hospital where his situation apparently deteriorated, but out of respect for his and his family’s privacy, the institution refused to comment on the precise details of his condition.

A news team visited Wang’s church Wednesday morning and was reportedly told the local priest and other members of the congregation had visited him in hospital to pray and sing hymns.

His current disease was reportedly not related to a cancer from which he recovered in 2013.