By Global Times/The Manila Times

BEIJING: Chinese netizens mourn veteran pianist Fou Ts’ong, known as the piano poet, who died on Monday in the United Kingdom from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), at the age of 86, media reported on Tuesday.


Fou Ts’ong was reported to be diagnosed with Covid-19 on Sunday. His student Kong Jianing, a professor at the Royal College of Music, revealed that Fou had been in hospital for two weeks, saying, “I hope he can make it,” CCTV reported on Tuesday.

On Monday, Fou was confirmed to have died, with the official Austrian Music Channel Sina Weibo account posting the news on Tuesday.

The hashtag about Fou’s Covid-19 death topped the trending list of Sina Weibo on Tuesday morning, with 330 million views. Many Chinese netizens pay attribute to the famed pianist.

“So sorry to hear of his death. For many Chinese who came of age in the 1980s, the name Fou Ts’ong became well-known because of the correspondence he had with his father, Fu Lei, the famed translator. May peace and love be with him in heaven,” one Chinese netizen wrote on Weibo.