Taiwanese celeb dancer Serena Liu (also known as Liu Zhen) passed away on Mar 22, according to Taiwanese news reports.
Late last month, it was reported that the 44-year-old, who's dubbed Taiwan's queen of ballroom dancing, had slipped into a coma after her heart stopped beating during a heart valve repair surgery at Taipei Veterans General Hospital.
While Serena's family had never confirmed the reports, her husband, singer Shin Lung, posted an emotional Facebook update on Feb 27 asking for the public to send positive energy her way during “the most crucial point (of her life)”. He added that he was willing to give up his life for hers, especially since their daughter is only four and “can’t be without her mother”.
Serena’s condition had deteriorated while she was waiting for a heart transplant, and blood clots started forming in her brain. Although surgeons removed them, they continued to form on her right brain, which reportedly caused the left side of her body to become numb.
On March 14, Shin Lung spoke to reporters, where he admitted that there was no confirmed date on when Serena would be able to receive a new heart. Organ transplants are known to have very long waiting lists, and both donors and receivers have to be tested for compatibility to ensure that the patient does not reject the transplant.
Reporters reported that despite the hospital’s best efforts, Serena had passed on away the night before. A source believed to be working at the hospital shared that they were unable to secure a transplant for her, even at the last minute.
Jacky Wu, who helms Shin Lung's management agency, held a live-streamed press conference on his behalf. He told reporters that Shin Lung was too heartbroken to face the press.
Wu also said that Serena's life support was pulled on Sunday night (Mar 22) after it was determined that the medical team had done all they could for Serena. However, he said that Shin Lung "did not want to let her go", and that the family sought a second opinion, who had an equally grim assessment of her condition. Funeral arrangements are underway.