Category Archives: Theater Actresses

Emma Yong Who Died Of Stomach Cancer At Age 36, Fellow Thespians Hold Memorial Concert Plus Donation Info

Blogged By: La Tray

Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Singapore – Kai Fong

Photo Credit: Yahoo Singapore – The Pond Photography

Posted: Sunday May 27, 2012 @2:15 p.m. PST



If you “heart” Emma Yong, mark the date — 15 June — as her fellow thespians come together for a memorial concert that will feature the late singer-actress’s favourite songs.

Yong, better known as one-third of musical cabaret group Dim Sum Dollies, died from stomach cancer on 2 May at the age of 36.

Besides tunes from The Dim Sum Dollies routines, concert-goers can expect romantic ballads from local musicals like “Beauty World”, “Cinderella” and “Aladdin”, as well as the theatre actress’s favourite Disney selections and jazz standards.

Starring some of the most well-loved names in Singapore theatre including Adrian Pang, Glen Goei,Pam Oei, Selena Tan and Tan Kheng Hua, the memorial concert will also raise funds for a cause Yong was passionate about. The Emma Yong Fund gives aid to theatre practitioners in Singapore suffering from all critical illnesses.

Both concerts on 15 June, one at 7:30pm and another at 9:30pm, will take place at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Ticket prices begin from S$50 and go up to S$1,000 for seats within the VIP Box.

All proceeds from the concerts, including the S$3 SISTIC handling fee, will go to The Emma Yong Fund, which is administered with the assistance of The Community Foundation of Singapore as well as The Singapore Cancer Society.

If you wish to make a donation to The Emma Yong Fund, please make a cheque out to The Community Foundation of Singapore, with your full name, IC/Passport number, contact number as well as the words “The Emma Yong Fund”.

For enquiries about this fund, please call The Community Foundation of Singapore at +65-6550 9384. For more information, please visit or email info@ .

Tickets are available at all SISTIC outlets. For ticketing enquiries, please call +65 9874 4465 or email

Emma Yong continues to shine in the hearts of her friends and her fans. (Photo by The Pond Photography) Story Credit: Kai Fong


Emma Yong 36, Actress Battled Stomach Cancer Dies (Photo & Video)

Blogged By: La Tray

Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Singapore – Fann SimAdditional reporting by Lin Wenjian, Melissa Aw and Jeanette Tan.

Media Credit: Photo (Yahoo Singapore via Emma Yong Facebook) / Video (YouTube jerryatijazz)

Posted: Tuesday May 2, 2012 @2:15 p.m. PST




One of Singapore’s leading lights in the arts and theatre community has gone out.

Emma Yong, better known as one-third of musical cabaret group Dim Sum Dollies, died from stomach cancer late on Wednesday night at the age of 36.

Yong had suffered a relapse of stomach cancer late last year and had to pull out of Dream Academy’s annual year-end show Crazy Christmas.

She had earlier been diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer in January 2011. It was reported that tumours were found all over her spine, womb, pelvis and kidney.

While she responded to the first course of chemotherapy and beat the cancer into remission, it relapsed last September and she soon had to resume aggressive chemotherapy sessions.

Yong is survived by her husband Jerry Lim, whom she married last year.

Fellow theatre actress Neo Swee Lin broke news of her death on Twitter at 12.26am on Thursday morning when she tweeted, “RIP darling Emma. Angels bear you aloft. Our performing family has lost one of our greatest talents. #heartbreak”.

Alvin Tan, founder and artistic director of local theatre company The Necessary Stage, told Yahoo! Singapore that Singapore had lost an “irrreplaceable gem.”

“I am shocked and sad. She’s irreplaceable. A local gem and talent who will be greatly missed,” he said.

Local entertainer Dick Lee said he was devastated when he heard the news around midnight.

“I remember meeting her for the first time in the early 90s when she did her first production Bugis Street, and the many musicals we did together, where she brought her great talent, charm and bright personality,” said Lee.

Yong’s life and career cut a wide cross section of Singapore community, judging from newsmakers’ reaction to her death.

Businessman and philanthropist Frank Cintamani said, “This is so sad. Today is my birthday and the sad irony is she sang during my birthday celebration exactly four years ago.”

“For me, she is the best singer and she could carry her tunes better than any other singer in Singapore. It’s a big loss,” he added.

Chinese radio deejay and actor, Dennis Chew, also told Yahoo! Singapore, “Fate is so cruel, taking away a life just like that. Singapore has lost another talented artiste.”

Friends and fellow thespians were also quick to pour out their condolences on Twitter.

Nominated Member of Parliament and actress Janice Koh tweeted, “We have lost a beautiful actress and one of our most talented performers & singers tonight. Rest in peace, my dear Emma. Miss you.”

Actress Rebecca Lim tweeted, “Rest in peace Emma Yong. Your talent, strength, optimism & determination will forever be remembered. Thanks for being such an inspiration.”

Recent Star Award winner Tay Ping Hui tweeted that “Singapore’s has lost one of its most talented actress tonight. Emma Yong, the legacy you left behind continues to inspire us. Rest in Peace.”

Blogger Benjamin Lee (@miyagi) also tweeted and said, “Vale, Emma Yong” while local musicians Jack and Rai tweeted, “such a prominent talent in SG’s music and theatre scene. Condolences to family and friends”.

Watch a performance by Emma Yong below.

Emma Yong. May She Rest In Peace Photo Credit: Emma Yong Facebook