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Martial arts novelist, HK journalist Louis Cha no more

Oct 31. 2018
Louis Cha, left, tours around the office of China Daily Hong Kong Edition in March 2005. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
Louis Cha, left, tours around the office of China Daily Hong Kong Edition in March 2005. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
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By Luis Liu and He Shusi
China Daily
Asia News Network
HONG KONG

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 Louis Cha Leung-yung, one of the most influential Chinese novelists and better known under the pen name Jin Yong, died on Tuesday afternoon in Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital surrounded by family members, according to sources close to him.

He was 94.

Cha was most famous for his wuxia, or martial arts and chivalry, novels. Over 300 million copies of his works have been sold in the Chinese-speaking world.

In 1955, Cha published his first wuxia novel The Book and the Sword in the then New Evening Post under his pen name Jin Yong.

IN PICTURES: Life of Louis Cha

Louis Cha with his fans. (PHOTO / VCG) Louis Cha gives a talk during the Hong Kong Book Fair in July 2006. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINADAILY.COM.CN)

He wrote 15 popular wuxia novels, his last, The Deer and the Cauldron, in 1972.

His novels have been adapted in films, TV and radio series, and deeply influenced the cultural development of Chinese-speaking communities around the world.

Louis Cha and the main cast of the film The Story of the Great Heroesin a group photo taken in 1960. From left: Patrick Tse, Louis Cha, Nam Hung, Leung So-kam. (COURTESY OF DR LOUIS CHA, WHO PROVIDED THE PHOTO TO THE HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM)

Cha also founded Hong Kong's major Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao in 1959, and served as its editor-in-chief until retiring in 1989.

He has been honored by top universities in China and around the world.

Revised Manuscript of the new edition of The Demi-Gods and the Semi-Devils. (COURTESY OF DR LOUIS CHA, WHO PROVIDED THE PHOTO TO THE HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM)

Cha also served on the Basic Law Drafting Committee before Hong Kong's return to China in 1997.

Born in Haining, Zhejiang province, Cha graduated from the Law School of Soochow University in 1948.

Louis Cha at home in Hong Kong, Aug 12, 2004. (PHOTO / VCG)

To help support himself during his studies, he began to work as a journalist and translator for Ta Kung Pao newspaper in Shanghai.

In 1948, he came to Hong Kong to work for the same paper's Hong Kong office.

Tributes poured in after the literary giant's passing.

Louis Cha, left, at the office of China Daily Hong Kong Edition in March 2005. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, on behalf of the Hong Kong government, expressed deep condolences to his family.

Lam said Cha made some of the greatest contributions to Chinese culture and Hong Kong's media development.

Louis Cha, left, at the office of China Daily Hong Kong Edition in March 2005. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)

Hong Kong science fiction novelist Ni Kuang called Cha's novels "the best in the world and of all time" and said Cha's legacy would live on forever.

Hong Kong Screenwriters' Guild President John Chong Ching said Cha was "China's Shakespeare" and the "grandmaster" of Chinese screenwriters.

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n this July 22, 2001 photo, Louis Cha signs a book for a reader during Hong Kong Book Fair in Hong Kong. (SHEN QIAO/XINHUA)

Chinese actors and actresses known for playing leading roles in TV series adapted from Cha's novels posted online tributes to the late novelist on Tuesday night.

As of 10 pm, Weibo, China's Twitter-like service, recorded 650 million views under the #JinYongpassedaway.

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