Alien Huang’s wake: Andie Chen among stars who paid final respect to Taiwanese star
The local actor said of Huang, whom he met when they both worked on the 2012 TV series Joys Of Life: “I feel like he was a better friend to me than I was to him and I always felt like I had time to make it up to him and be a better friend and spend more time."
Local actor Andie Chen said goodbye to his friend Alien Huang at the Taiwanese star’s wake in Taipei on Monday (Sep 21).
Chen told CNA Lifestyle that he was glad he had the chance to bid farewell to his friend.
The two had met in 2012 while working on the series Joys Of Life.
Chen, who said that he knew Huang “fairly well”, said the Taiwanese host-actor had “always been healthy”.
“When I first heard the news (of his death), I just thought it was ridiculous. Something like that doesn’t happen,” Chen said.
Chen added that for the past few years, Huang “had been on the right track” health-wise, and he had been especially health-conscious.
“So when something like this happens, it just feels like that are things we can’t control,” Chen said. “I mean, I feel quite helpless, if there’s a word to describe how I’m feeling.”
He admitted that he was a bit anxious a couple of days before going to the wake, describing the feeling as “dread”. However, when he was there, it felt like “a gathering of friends” despite emotions running high.
Chen also shared with CNA Lifestyle that his best memory of the late actor is that he was a “really giving friend”.
“He had seen me at my worst and he had accepted me and helped me many, many times over. So I feel like he was a better friend to me than I was to him and I always felt like I had time to make it up to him and be a better friend and spend more time. Ironically now that I'm in Taiwan, he left. I guess that's life.”
Also at the wake were celebrities such as Taiwanese TV host, Jacky Wu, and Kid Lin, as well as Huang’s girlfriend.
Wu, who had spoken to Huang’s father at the service, told the media at the wake that Huang “didn’t suffer too much” before his death and that it was “like shutting down a computer”.
According to the autopsy report, Huang died of an aortic dissection, which led to a blockage of his blood vessels.