Viet Nam News
HCM CITY – Minh Thuận, one of Việt Nam’s popular singers in the 1990s, died at Phạm Ngọc Thạch Hospital in HCM City on Sunday after being diagnosed with lung cancer two weeks ago. He was 47.
Thuận began his singing career with his best friend, singer Nhật Hào, in 1990. The duo received recognition from young audiences with ballads and love songs.
At the end of the 90s, he started his solo career and many of his songs were listed in the top 10 of Làn Sóng Xanh (Blue Wave), a prestigious music programme launched by the Voice of HCM City radio station.
Since 2005, Thuận has been invited to play in many TV series and movies like Cô Gái Xấu Xí (Ugly Woman), Thiên Mệnh Anh Hùng (Blood Letter) and Cô Dâu Đại Chiến (Brides’ War).
He also performed in theatre plays Yêu Thầy (Love You, My Teacher) and Đóa Hồng Gai (Rose with Thorns).
In 2009, Thuận surprised audiences and his colleagues when remaking the classic cải lương (reformed opera) play Chuyện Tình Lan và Điệp (The Love Story of Lan and Điệp), which was first staged in 1939. It was part of his effort to pull young audiences closer to the art.
The play starred pop stars Thuận, Cẩm Ly, Đàm Vĩnh Hưng and Thanh Thảo, who have a passion for cải lương but no experience in performing the art.
Thuận’s experiment received a warm welcome from both young and old audiences.
Trần Bảo Ngọc, 32, a freelance graphic designer, said: “I admire Thuận. He is a hard-working and talented artist. When I heard of his death, I felt as if a part of my youth flew away.”
Thuận’s funeral will be held at his house in Tân Bình District on September 19-20. — VNS