Leslie Cheung’s Boyfriend Posts New Photo To Remember The Late Star On The 17th Anniversary Of His Death
Beloved Hongkong showbiz legend Leslie Cheung may have passed away 17 years ago today (Apr 1), but he is still very much alive in the hearts of his fans, friends, and especially his partner of many years, Daffy Tong.
In the wee hours of this morning, Daffy updated his Instagram with a new, never-before-seen photo of the couple to mark Leslie's death anniversary.
“You left us 17 years ago, but I know that you are always missing us from another world, and that you are giving us encouragement especially during these grim times,” he wrote. “I hope that everyone will press on and work hard to overcome the pandemic together.”
Before his passing, Leslie was regarded as one of Asia's most popular and iconic stars, finding success as both a singer and an actor. However, he battled depression and, on April 1, 2003, he jumped to his death from the 24th storey of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hongkong.
He was 46 years old when he died, and would have turned 64 this September.
Since he started Instagramming in 2013, Daffy, 60, has been sharing old pictures of Leslie on special occasions, such as their birthdays and Christmas. He also dedicated posts to his late lover on his death anniversary in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2015.
Leslie and Daffy were childhood friends and their romance blossomed when they were in their 20s. Leslie famously dedicated a song to the “loves of his life” — his mother and Daffy — at a concert in 1997, which is believed to be the moment the star came out of the closet.
That same year, the couple was spotted by the Hongkong paparazzi, who managed to snap a now-classic photo of them holding hands as Daffy took a nervous glance behind him.
While loyal fans of Leslie usually organise memorial gatherings at various locations on the anniversary of his death, this year’s meet-ups have been called off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead, the commemorative events will be held online.
Taiwanese film distributors have also announced that they will be screening two of Leslie’s most celebrated works, Farewell My Concubine and Days of Being Wild, in theatres.