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  • 12 April 2011, 8:01

Soap actor dies five times in a day

Law Lok-lam's character dies in Fate to Fate /YouTube

A Hong Kong actor may have set a bizarre new record by dying in five different soap operas in a 24-hour period.

Law Lok-lam's character met a bloody end during a fight in the martial arts drama Grace Under Fire, and he vomited blood before expiring in Fate to Fate.

In Relic of an Emissary, Law played the Ming emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, who died after an illness, reports the Straits Times.

In two other shows, Police Station No. 7 and comedy Virtues of Harmony, he died off screen but his death was discussed by other characters.

Hong Kong actors whose characters die are traditionally given a red packet with a token amount of money for good fortune.

Law, 63, reportedly received several from the superstitious production crews before shooting his death scenes.

"When I get a job, I don't care if my character in the drama will die. If he is supposed to die, he should go on and die," Law said in a video posted on YouTube.

"Why would dying in a drama matter? It's not for real. So my daughter, you shouldn't be unhappy. The most important thing is I've done my job well."

Some fans criticised broadcaster TVB for making him "die" so often in such a short space of time.

However, a TVB spokesman said: "It was purely a coincidence that Law died five times."