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Creator of Old Master Q comic Alfonso Wong dies

[HONG KONG] Comic artist Alfonso Wong Kar-hei, who created the beloved Old Master Q comic series, has died, reported the Apple Daily and NetEase websites.

The Tianjin-born artist died on Jan 1 in America following organ failure, said NetEase.

He died from natural causes, according to a statement released by OMQ ZMedia, the company that promotes and markets the Old Master Q comics and quoted by the website of Taiwan News.

Apple Daily reported that Wong was 93 years old while Netease put his age at 92.

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Wong, who moved to Hong Kong in 1956, has said, "My life is like comic strips, and I do my best to make Old Master Q, that is myself, to play the fool and entertain readers." In 1962, Wong used his oldest son's name as a nom de plume to create the Old Master Q (Lao Fu Zi in Chinese) series, which appeared in newspapers and magazines.

Hong Kong people and fans abroad grew up reading the comic, which featured a cast starring Old Master Q, a mischievous, elderly and bespectacled man dressed in traditional Chinese attire.

The other regulars in the strip include Big Potato, Mr Chin and Miss Chan.