By: Lilian Wu
Kaohsiung, Oct. 8 (CNA) Kuo Ching-fa (郭金發), whose signature Taiwanese-language song “Hot Rice
Dumpling” (燒肉粽) has been popular for more than half a century, died of a heart attack on Saturday. He was 72.
Kuo, dubbed the “singing king of Formosa,” was performing at an event to honor senior citizens supported by Fengshan District Office in Kaohsiung when he suddenly passed out on stage. He was rushed to the hospital, but doctors failed to resuscitate him.
Kuo showed his talent at the young age of 15 when he took part in a singing contest. He released his first album at 17, and put out more than 100 albums during his lifetime.
His most memorable song was the Taiwanese language hit “Hot Rice Dumpling,” which first came out in 1949, four years after the end of World War II. [FULL STORY]