#Flash­back­Fri­day Wong Ka Kui’s tragic death

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Music - An­gelin Yeoh

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.” –

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