Alas, this is not an April Fool's joke. Popular Hong Kong actor Leslie Cheung (A Better Tomorrow, The Bride With White Hair, Once A Thief, Farewell My Concubine) apparently committed suicide today at the age of 46.
Cheung, 46, jumped from the landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel in the central business district early in the evening and left a suicide note, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.
A police spokeswoman said a 46-year-old man with the surname Cheung plunged to his death from the hotel in the early evening, but declined to reveal the full name.
...Cheung was noted as one of the few Asian male stars to play openly gay characters, his biography on the Web site of booksellers Barnes and Noble says.
His acting career took off in 1986 when he starred opposite Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-Fat in John Woo's popular gangster movie "A Better Tomorrow."
Cheung starred in the acclaimed 1993 film "Farewell My Concubine" which scooped a series of awards including the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
I'm also sad to learn (via Musashi) that actor Michael Jeter ("Evening Shade," The Green Mile, The Fisher King) has died at 50. Jeter is best known around our household as "Mr. Noodle's Brother Mr. Noodle" on "Sesame Street."
Jeter, who revealed in 1997 that he had contracted HIV and was a longtime supporter of AIDS charities, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home on Sunday, his publicist said. The cause of his death has not been determined. Jeter was 50.
The slight, prematurely balding actor won fame and an Emmy award in 1992 for his role as wimpy assistant coach Herman Stiles in TV's "Evening Shade" opposite Burt Reynolds.
...The Tennessee native earned a Tony award and other honors in 1990 for his Broadway performance as a dying clerk enjoying a last fling in Berlin in "Grand Hotel."