Leslie Cheung's boyfriend dedicates poignant Instagram post to him on 17th death anniversary

Gone but not forgotten.

Mabel Wong | April 04, 2020, 07:49 PM

Hong Kong singer and actor Leslie Cheung passed away at the age of 46 on Apr. 1, 2003.

He had suffered from depression and committed suicide, shocking fans all across Asia.

17 years on, Cheung, dubbed as one of the founding fathers of Cantopop, continues to live on in his boyfriend, Daffy Tong.

Always on his mind

On Apr. 1, Tong uploaded a picture of him and Cheung standing under an umbrella onto Instagram.

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17年前你離開了我們 但我知道你在另一個國度裡時刻都想念著我們 特別在這嚴峻的時候會更加給我們鼓勵 打氣 希望大家一起加油 努力 共同渡過這一次的疫情🌹

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In the caption, he wrote:

"You left us 17 years ago. I know that you're missing us from another place, and cheering us on during this difficult time. I hope everyone can come together and press on, to overcome this pandemic."

Since the late star’s passing, Tong has uploaded photos of them on Instagram during birthdays and holidays.

This was posted on last year's Christmas eve:

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又到聖誕 祝大家聖誕快樂🎄更希望世界和平🙏🙏 此外我更謝謝您們曾以他之名捐善款到惜食堂 非常感恩🙏🙏

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And this was posted on what would have been Cheung's 62nd birthday.

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The couple's relationship

In 1997, Cheung's relationship with Tong was brought to light after a paparazzi took a photo of them holding hands.

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In the same year, he dedicated a love song at a concert to the two "loves of his life", his mother and Tong.

The couple, who were childhood friends, had been in a relationship for more than 20 years until Cheung's passing.

Online memorial by fans

His legacy has been remembered by fans all over Asia who have hosted memorial gatherings in his honour.

However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the usual gatherings have been cancelled, with these events going online instead.


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Top image from Daffy Tong’s Instagram.