"Journey to the West" actor dies at 73
2009-04-13 06:28:18 GMT2009-04-13 14:28:18 (Beijing Time)
A still shows Yan Huaili's portrayal as the honest and devoted 'Sha Wujing' (or Sha Heshang, also known as 'Sand Priest' in many English versions of the story), the third disciple of Xuanzang (602-664), the Buddhist monk of Tang Dynasty. (Photo: sina.com)
Yan Huaili (file photo)
Yan Huaili (second from right) is seen in the file photo with Liu Xiao Ling Tong (1st from right) who played Sun Wukong, or the Monkey King, Chi Chongrui (2nd from left) who played the Tang dynasty monk Xuanzang and Ma Dehua (2nd from left) who played Zhu Bajia, or the Pigsy.
Yan Huaili, best known for his role as 'Sha Heshang' in the 1982's classic TV series 'Journey to the West', died Sunday morning from lung complications. He was 73.
His funeral is scheduled on April 16 in Beijing.