Hongkong actress Elena Kong took to her socials on March 10 to announce a sobering piece of news — her 80-year-old uncle had died from COVID-19.
“My uncle who contracted COVID-19 while [living] in a nursing home in New York, left the world this morning [March 10]. I hope that he’s able to enter paradise, and I wish for this pandemic to end as soon as possible! Amitabha,” she wrote.
When Hongkong media reached out to the 48-year-old, she gave more details about her uncle’s passing. Elena said that his death was very sudden and that he had lived in a nursing home after suffering a stroke a while back.
She added that she only knew of his passing when her cousin reached out to her, and that her mother was devastated. And because her uncle lived in New York, Elena and her family are unable to fly over to pay their last respects.
“I always thought that this pandemic was something that is very far away from me, but it turns out that it’s capable of taking away the people you love in the blink of an eye. Thank you all for your concern! I hope that everyone will continue to press on, and cherish those around them,” she said.
Finally, she also shared that as she has no ongoing projects at the moment, she spends most of her time at home to stay safe.