By Jan Lee
The usually upbeat, celebratory mood of the annual Star Awards Show 1 at the MediaCorp TV Theatre was nowhere to be felt last night.
The ceremony began on a sombre note, as colleagues of veteran actor Huang Wenyong struggled to come to terms with news of his death on Saturday.
The well-loved actor died of lymphatic cancer at age 60. Audience members in the theatre stood up and observed half a minute of silence; a two-minute video montage of his many TV appearances also played.
Actress Rui En, 32, donned a black jacket over her siren red gown out of respect to the late actor when she accepted her award for favourite on-screen couple with Elvin Ng, also 32.
(From left, front row:) Jayley Woo, Kimberly Chia, Felicia Chin, Rebecca Lim, Ann Kok, Rui En, Chew Chor Meng, and Zoe Tay, together with fellow artistes, technical crew, members of the audience and fans stand during a segment at the beginning of the Star Awards Show 1 on April 21 2013 to honour their former colleague, Huang Wen Yong.