Mei Baojiu, a famous Peking opera performer and son of a legendary Chinese theater mogul, died at the age of 82 on Monday in Beijing.
Mei fell into a coma following a bronchial spasm and died at 11 a.m. in the hospital, according to the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing.
Born on March 29, 1934 in Shanghai, Mei Baojiu was the ninth child and successor of Mei Lanfang, one of the most respected Chinese artists of the 20th century and creator of the "Mei School" style of Peking opera.
Mei Baojiu was the head of Mei Lanfang Peking opera troupe under the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing. He was famous for his performance in such classical plays as "Farewell My Concubine," "Lady General Mu Takes Command," and "The Drunken Beauty."
File photo taken on Jan. 15, 1950 shows Mei Lanfang (L) and Mei Baojiu perform in an opera in east China's Shanghai.
File photo taken in 1994 shows Mei Baojiu performing in a lantern festival gala of CCTV in Beijing, capital of China.
File photo taken in 1982 shows Mei Baojiu practicing Peking opera in his yard in Beijing, capital of China.