Hong Kong, Aug 30 (AP) David Tang, a flamboyant and outspoken socialite and entrepreneur who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion brand, has died.Also Read - Scotland Detects 6 Omicron COVID Variant Cases, UK Total at 9

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The Financial Times newspaper, for which he wrote a popular tongue-in-cheek advice column, reported Tang’s death in a story today. Tang had fought a long battle with cancer and died last night at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London with his wife Lucy at his bedside, the newspaper said. Also Read - South Africa Slams Countries Imposing Travel Bans on Fears of Omicron, Calls it 'Knee-Jerk Reaction'

“David Tang was a remarkable man of many talents whose charm, erudition and wit were ever present,” the article quoted the newspaper’s editor, Lionel Barber, as saying. “He will be sorely missed.”

The Hong Kong-born Tang was a businessman who also operated private clubs and restaurants and held exclusive distribution rights to Cuban cigars in Asia.

Tang was knighted in 2008 for his charitable work in both Britain and Hong Kong, the same honour his grandfather, businessman and philanthropist Tang Shiu-kin, also received.

He is best known for starting the Shanghai Tang luxury brand, which pioneered the use of Chinese retro design symbols as fashion motifs, and later sold it to the Swiss luxury holding company Richemont.

He also caused a stir by opening the members-only China Club in 1991 on the top floors of the old Bank of China building in Hong Kong’s financial district.

He was reportedly planning to throw a farewell bash in London next month after learning he only had a few months left. (AP)

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.