Lantau’s Po Lin Monastery is the final resting place of the late superstar Anita Mui Yim-fung, it has been revealed.
Mui died of cervical cancer in 2003, aged 40, but the fate of her ashes has been unknown to all but a few fans, even though hundreds turn out to commemorate her birthday and the anniversary of her death each year.
A devout Buddhist, Mui’s ashes are in a columbarium at Po Lin under her milk name, Jyu Neuih (珠女), the head of Mui’s fan club told NOW TV.
During her 20-year career as a Cantopop star the singer made 30 albums and held 292 concerts – a record for a Chinese female singer. She also starred in 40 movies. She was known for her elaborate costumes and her distinctive husky voice – the latter apparently the result of over-exerting her vocal chords when she was a teenager.
Mui’s ashes face a Kwan Yin statue, inscribed with the words: “From Taishan, Guangdong. Jyu Neuih.”
About 100 members of the late singer’s fan club attended a held an event at the Fringe Club on the anniversary of her death on December 30, where a statue to her was unveiled.