Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) Veteran Taiwan TV host Ba Ge (巴戈) has died at the age of 67, according to friends in the entertainment industry.
Actor Chi Bo-ru (紀寶如), who is reported to be helping with the funeral arrangements, said Ba passed away from pancreatic cancer at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taoyuan Wednesday evening.
Born in 1954, Ba first entered the entertainment industry as a child actor at the age of eight and starred in numerous Taiwanese films before graduating from what is now the National Taiwan University of Arts.
After university, he began working for Taiwan’s Chinese Television System (CTS), going on to spend 36 years with the station as an actor and variety show host.
Despite winning the Golden Bell award for best host two years running in 1986 and 1987, he spent close to a year off the airwaves in what many believed was retaliation for backing singer Frankie Kao’s (高凌風) campaign for better benefits at CTS.
Nevertheless, Ba went on to win a third Golden Bell in 1991 for his variety show work with co-host Fang Fang-fang (方芳芳).
Ba continued acting in the decades to come and even took on a role in the popular 2019 Taiwanese television series “The World Between Us.”
He also committed himself to charity work as a part of the Taiwan U-Life Association.
Ba’s death has caused sadness among his many friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry.
Actress and television host Chen Mei-feng (陳美鳳) said that although she had visited Ba at his home around the Lunar New Year festival and knew he was ill, she was still heartbroken at the suddenness of his passing.
Television host Mickey Huang (黃子佼) expressed his condolences and said that he had grown up watching many of Ba’s shows.
Ba is survived by four children, two daughters, and two sons.
(By Yeh Kuan-yin and William Yen)
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