Hong Kong actor Ng Man-tat passed away on Saturday due to liver cancer, according to reports. He was 70. In a report by The Standard of Hong Kong, Ng's close friend Tin Kai-man said that the legendary actor had died at 5.16PM at the Union Hospital. Family members of Ng, including his wife, children and siblings, were beside him at his death bed at the time of his passing. "He left us peacefully. Doctors had been prescribing medications to make him feel better, he passed away in his sleep," Tin said. Tin, however, declined to comment on the mental state of Ng's family members, and stated that nobody would want to watch the loved ones pass away. 

Ng burst onto the acting scene in 1973 at the age of 22 and became a talent to reckon with after starring in comedian Stephen Chow Sing-chi's film that included The Final Combat, The Justice of Life and Shaolin Soccer. The iconic actor went on to be felicitated with the Hong Kong Film Awards’ Best Supporting Actor for his role in A Moment of Romance in 1991. Ng also got nominated for several of his other roles, including Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards.

Ng's health struggles had deteriorated over the years and he was rushed to a hospital in 2014 after experiencing difficulties in breathing, and was later diagnosed with a heart failure. It is being reported that the actor had undergone surgery recently after being diagnosed with liver cancer and was also undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Earlier, Kai-man had told the media that Ng had become "weak" due to chemotherapy and that the actor was able to communicate only using hand gestures.