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3 January 2016
The comic maestro behind "Lao Fu Zi" or Old Master Q comic series, Alfonso Wong Kar Hei, has died, aged 93.
Born in Tianjin, Wong died on Jan 1 in the United States from organ failure, announced OMQ ZMedia - the company that distributes Old Master Q comics in Taiwan.
The company also paid tribute to Wong on its Facebook page 'Old Master Q Comics - 老夫子'.
"Mr Wong once said, 'My life is like a comic strip, I will make Old Master Q captivate my audience as much as I can,'" the Facebook post read.
Wang moved to Hong Kong in 1956, painting Biblical scenes for the French Catholic mission for over a decade. He was also the art editor for a Hong Kong Catholic magazine, Lok Fung Pao.
During his spare time, Wong created the Old Master Q series, adopting the nom de plume using his oldest son's name.
His amusing and relatable portrayal of Old Master Q struck a chord with many readers, and it gained immense popularity in the Sinosphere.
"Not only did Mr Wong enjoy drawing, he loved fishing and pottery, and was multi-talented as an active athlete in swimming, diving, and skating," Old Master Q Comics - 老夫子 wrote.
"His experiences helped to fuel the vitality of the comic strips."