Broadway Actor Alvin Ing Dies of Breakthrough COVID-19 Complications at Age 89

Alvin Ing

Alvin Ing

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Alvin Ing, the Broadway actor greatest identified for his work in Pacific Overtures and Flower Drum Song, has died. He was 89.

The actor died on Saturday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, of breakthrough COVID-19 problems, in line with his representatives.

“Honolulu native and American Army veteran with a gift to serve, he felt a duty to himself and his fellow citizens to be fully vaccinated,” reads an announcement from his reps offered to PEOPLE. “Although he was fully vaccinated, Ing was first diagnosed with pneumonia in mid-July then confirmed to have COVID-19 a few days later. After two weeks of battling COVID-19, Ing passed away due to cardiac arrest.”

Breakthrough circumstances — COVID-19 infections that happen in individuals who have been totally vaccinated in opposition to the virus — are uncommon, however doable and anticipated, because the vaccines are usually not 100% efficient in stopping infections. Still, vaccinated individuals who take a look at constructive will doubtless be asymptomatic or expertise a far milder sickness than in the event that they weren’t vaccinated. The majority of deaths from COVID-19, round 98 to 99%, are in unvaccinated folks.

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Alvin Ing

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Born in Honolulu, Ing studied music on the University of Hawaii earlier than shifting to New York City to pursue a profession in theater.

After showing in a number of Off-Broadway reveals, Ing made his debut on the Great White Way as Shogun’s mom within the 1976 authentic manufacturing of Pacific Overtures — a component he would reprise when the musical was revived in 2004.

He additionally performed Wang Ta in quite a few excursions and productions of Flower Drum Song and starred its 2002 Broadway revival with a revised e book by David Henry Hwang.

In addition to theater, Ing had recurring roles on the cleaning soap operas The Doctors and Falcon Crest and quite a few visitor starring roles on Benson, How the West Was Won, Charlie’s Angels, Quincy, M.E., All-American Girl, Dallas, Dynasty, Fantasy Island, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Hawaii Five-0 revival.

His movie credit embrace The Gambler, The Final Cutdown, Stir Crazy, Troop Beverly Hills, and Smilla’s Sens of Snow

Ing was additionally a staunch advocate for the AAPI group within the leisure trade and an lively member of the Theater for Asian American Performing Artists.

“Since forever, the reputation of Asian American actors has been defiled by a well known, but rarely spoken, sentiment: we will never be as good as our colleagues of other colors, never mind better,” B.D. Wong, who appeared alongside Ing within the revival of Pacific Overtures, mentioned in an announcement. “One day Alvin Ing sang for me, and I finally knew, for keeps, that anyone who thought this was pitifully mistaken.”

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In the wake of Ing’s dying, his Flower Drum Song household have additionally paid tribute to the star.

“His voice was glorious and filled the room with its flawless sound, but beyond that, his sound was steeped in joy, “Lea Salonga, who starred in Broadway’s Flower Drum Song, mentioned in an announcement. “Alvin was a joyful presence to be around at every rehearsal and performance. Beyond that his voice always sounded incredible, he brought a sweetness and kindness everywhere and to everyone. There was always a gentleness to him, but also a sassy sense of humor. He was a gift to everybody that got to work with him, and I’m only extremely blessed to have had that opportunity.”

“Alvin Ing was a consummate theater person, a pioneer and my friend. Most people would say Alvin was sweet, and he was. The Alvin I knew and loved was mischievous, with a wicked sense of humor,” Ing’s costar Jodi Long shared. “I shall truly miss Alvin, for his theater knowledge, for his New Year’s vegetarian Jai, for all the songs he sang and most importantly all the laughs.”

In an announcement of his personal, Hwang known as Ing the “beloved link between generations of AAPI performers who had found employment and sometimes even stardom during a time when other opportunities were virtually non-existent.”

“As an AAPI actor of his generation, Alvin faced terrible racist exclusion, yet survived as an artist with his joy and talent (not to mention, his high notes) intact,” Hwang mentioned.

Robert Longbottom, the director of Broadway’s Flower Drum Song, added: “He was our spiritual guide throughout and I adored working with him every day of that long process.”

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