Veteran Taiwanese singer Pan An Bang passed away from kidney cancer at age 52 yesterday morning, leaving behind his Taiwanese host wife Wang Zhi Xiang and a son.
He suffered from kidney failure due to kidney cancer, and his condition reportedly deteriorated rapidly last week.
The singer, who debuted in 1979, shot to fame with the song '˜Grandma's Penghu Bay' retired from the music scene in 1993 to start a retail business in America.
An Bang was diagnosed with aortic dissection 14 years ago, and was advised by the doctor not to be angry or agitated. However, the passionate singer risked his life in 2003 to hold his 25th anniversary concert.
His longtime friend and Taiwanese singer Han Xian Guang said while confirming the news of An Bang's death, 'An Bang was a very devoted Buddhist, he hoped to leave this world in a quiet manner, without disturbing anyone.'
He added that An Bang passed on peacefully with the company of his family.