HONG KONG — David Tang, founder of Chinese luxury brand Shanghai Tang, has died.
The 63-year-old businessman had been suffering from health problems, which Tang revealed in an advice column he penned regularly for The Financial Times.
Ewan Venters, chief executive officer of Fortnum & 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 also reported 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, 2017
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