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Pop icon Leslie Cheung's legacy endures 20 years after his death, as fans around the world still remember and celebrate his life and work.
Leslie Cheung, who was born in Hong Kong in 1956, was considered one of the most influential Chinese pop stars in the 80s and 90s. He was best known for his roles in films such as “A Better Tomorrow” and “Farewell My Concubine”, which earned him a Golden Horse Award and a Hong Kong Film Award.
Cheung's legacy has been kept alive over the years with numerous tributes, including a biographical film, a documentary and a musical. His fans also continue to celebrate his memory with regular anniversary events, including a concert and a charity walk, to honor his life.
Cheung's influence has spread far beyond his native Hong Kong. In recent years, he has been recognized as a gay icon, with his influence reaching the LGBTQ community in countries such as the United States, Taiwan, and Japan.
The singer-actor, who tragically took his own life in 2003, is remembered for his unique style and his refusal to conform to society's expectations. He was a trailblazer who pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in the entertainment industry, and his work has inspired generations of artists.
Cheung's legacy lives on in the hearts of his fans and in the cultural landscape of Asia as a whole. His music and film performances continue to be celebrated today, 20 years after his death.