Culture minister : Chu Ke-liang a collective memory among Taiwanese people

The 70-year-old actor and comedian died after a battle with cancer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun is mourning the death of comedian Hsieh Hsin-Ta, better known by his stage name Chu Ko-liang, who passed away on May 15, 2017.

Cheng praised Chu Ko-liang as a collective memory among Taiwanese people, and he will always be remembered. Cheng also noted that Chu is an influential figure in Taiwan’s entertainment industry, and he has brought laughter to countless Taiwanese over his four decades of comedian career.

The 70-year-old actor and comedian died after a battle with cancer, according to his doctors at National Taiwan University Hospital.

Chu first gained popularity in the 1980s as a television show host and was later cemented by his role in the hit movie "Night Market Hero" and the release of an award-winning debut music album.

The Ministry of Culture sends its deepest condolences and will offer all possible assistance to the following funeral.