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Yu Chenghui Dies at 76; Stars Mourn Death of Martial Arts Master

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Sometimes credited as Cheng-Hui Yu or Yue Sing-wai, Chinese martial arts master Yu Chenghui died in Beijing on July 5. He was 76. 

Yu Chenghui has worked in the Chinese entertainment industry both as an actor and an action director, and most popularly as a martial artist, according to Wikipedia.

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He had been one of China's most recognized faces when it came to martial arts films and dramas.

With his death, many of his fans and former coworkers expressed their grief and condolences on social media, reported China Daily.

"My master and teacher in 'The Legend of Bruce Lee,' Yu Chenghui, passed away today. R.I.P.," said actor Danny Chan, who played the lead role in "The Legend of Bruce Lee."

"His dedication, his performances, and his devotion to martial arts are still vivid in my mind. Master, rest in peace," said actor and director Deng Chao of Yu Chenghui's death on his Sina Weibo account.

Chao worked with Yu in the films "The New Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre" and "The Four."

In addition, Yu Chenghui's long list of well-known action films include "The Shaolin Temple" and "Martial Arts of Shaolin."

Some action dramas adapted from Louis Cha's novels that Yu Chenghui has starred in include "The Legendary Swordsman" and "The Cordor Heroes."

Yu Chenghui's last film was "The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom" in 2014. He starred in the film with A-list stars including actor Huang Xiaoming as well as actress Fan Bingbing, according to China Entertainment News.

Yu Chenghui was born on August 16, 1939, in Penglai, Shandong province in East China. In 1951, he went to the Qingdao Amateur Sports School and studied Chinese martial arts. By 21, he won a martial arts championship in Qingdao and later enrolled as a martial arts student at Shandong Sports University.

In 1963, Yu Chenghui won a martial arts competition with his "Drunken Sword" performance. He had a leg injury in the same year, forcing him to leave the university and work in a manufacturing factory. Yu Chenghui, however, continued with his training.

He has been a disciple of the "mantis sector" of martial arts after gaining inspiration from the "mantis sword," a sword art using two swords. After being appointed as a martial arts coach by Ningxia Wushu Team in 1979, Yu Chenghui started to gain recognition in martial arts.

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