Taiwanese singer Yu Yuan-chi’s memorial service was on August 22. The daughter of veteran singers Yu Tian and Li Ya-ping, Yuan-chi was diagnosed with colorectal cancer eight years ago and her condition worsened last week. She died yesterday afternoon aged 39.
Speaking to Taiwanese media today, her aunt — former actress Chi Bo-ru who married and later divorced Yu Tian’s late younger brother Yu Long — revealed part of the content of Yuan-chi’s final video to her family.
Bo-ru, 60, revealed that Yuan-chi was devoted to her two young children and parents in the final part of her life.
“I’m going to heaven but I’m also unfilial,” Yuan-chi said in the video message according to her aunt. “I regret not being able to watch my children grow up and I will watch over Mum from heaven.”
Bo-ru said that Yuan-chi had asked her nurse to help her record a video while she was still conscious, to help her elderly parents bear with her death.
Yuan-chi’s younger brother Ken, 37, had visited his sister in the hospital but she was unable to tell him her last wishes in person. He told reporters today: “She touched my hand and looked at me. She said she had a wish but she couldn’t say it.”