Xinyao singer Dawn Gan dies at the age of 55

Xinyao singer Dawn Gan dies at the age of 55

Dawn Gan was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer which affects the soft tissue and usually occurs near the joints of the arm, neck or leg, in 2013.
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SINGAPORE - Xinyao singer Dawn Gan has died at the age of 55 after a battle with cancer.

Gan was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma - a rare form of cancer which affects the soft tissue and usually occurs near the joints of the arm, neck or leg - in 2013. The following year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The singer revealed in 2016 that she had five operations to remove tumours and a part of her lung.
Veteran xinyao singer and producer Billy Koh, in his 50s, confirmed the news of her death.

“I was in the same class with Dawn Gan in Secondary Two at River Valley High School,” he told The Straits Times.

“Dawn and I were xinyao pioneers in the early 80s,” he added.

Xinyao is a genre of local Mandarin folk-pop music popular in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Xinyao concert organiser and founder of TCR Music Station Cai Yiren, 53, who has known Gan for over a decade, also said he heard about Gan's death from friends on Saturday (Sept 22).

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Mr Cai said: "I invited her every year, this was the first year she could not come. She told us she had to rest."

"She was a nice, cheerful, loving person. We've sung xinyao together for so many years, it's quite sad to receive this news," he said.

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