HONG KONG — David Tang, founder of Chinese luxury brand Shanghai Tang, has died, according to The Financial Times.
The 63-year-old businessman had been suffering from health problems, which he revealed in an advice column Tang penned regularly for the British newspaper.
Ewan Venters, chief executive officer of Fortnum and Mason, wrote in a tweet that Tang had passed away on Tuesday evening.
I have recently learnt earlier this evening from Lady Tang, the great man, Sir David Tang passed this evening. RIP. pic.twitter.com/eBREGiiSxT
— Ewan Venters (@ewanventers) August 29, 2017
A fixture on the social scene, who counted Kate Moss and Duchess Sarah Ferguson among his friends, Tang shared at the start of August that he had been rushed to a London hospital for an ulcer. The Telegraph reported also that Tang had sent out invitations this month to a party at The Dorchester hotel in London to bid his friends farewell.
Actor Russell Crowe remembered Tang in a post that read: “RIP dear friend, Sir David Tang, the privilege was mine. Witty, charming, intellectual, salacious, hilarious, loving and funny as f***.”
RIP dear friend Sir David Tang, the privilege was mine.Witty, charming, intellectual, salacious , hilarious , loving and funny as f***
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 30,
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