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Michelle Yeoh's father dies at 89

The Malaysian actress was with her father, Datuk Yeoh Kian Teik, in his last moments

By Andrea Tim | Published: 7 Nov 2014

Yeoh's father dies
Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images

Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh's father, Datuk Yeoh Kian Teik, passed away at his home in Ipoh on 5 November.

Michelle put work on hold, pulling out of filming and an awards ceremony in Los Angeles, to return to Ipoh to be with her father in his final moments. "I came back three days ago and I am happy that I managed to spend some time with my father," she told The Star.

She describes her father, a lawyer who was very active in social welfare, as a man of few words, but who always encouraged his children to pursue their dreams.

"I hope whatever I have done, and continue to do, I will always make him proud," the 52-year-old said at her father's wake. "He taught us to be individuals, to believe in ourselves and if we make mistakes, we should learn from them."

Related: ELLE Malaysia is here!
Related: ELLE March cover story: Michelle Yeoh


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