#FlashbackFriday Wong Ka Kui’s tragic death
ON this day in 1993, Wong Ka Kui, frontman of Hong Kong rock group Beyond, died at the age of 31 after a tragic accident while filming a skit for a Japanese comedy show.
Hitting his head after falling off a platform during the shoot, Wong suffered cerebral haemorrhage and remained in a coma for six days before dying on June 30. His funeral procession in Hong Kong was attended by thousands and brought the city to a standstill.
Wong co-founded Beyond with drummer Yip Sai Wing in 1983 before they were joined by guitarist Paul Wong and his younger brother Wong Ka Keung on bass.
The group achieved commercial success through songs that would go on to become classic Cantopop hits, including Big Land, Boundless Oceans Vast
Skies and Glorious Years.
After Wong’s death, Beyond continued on as a three-piece band with a more alternative rock sound.
It officially disbanded in 2005 after one last concert in Singapore.
In an interview with The
New Paper in 2016, Paul said a Beyond reunion with the remaining members is still possible.
“It’s very hard for me to answer on behalf of the other Beyond members, but I am personally open to the idea. If fate decides that we should get back together, I’m up for it any time.” –