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Actor and singer Alvin Ing, known for roles on Broadway and on tour in “Pacific Overtures” and “Flower Drum Song” as well as in films such as “The Gambler,” has died at age 89.

Ing died Saturday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications of COVID-19, according to his representatives at Mosaic PR.

Alvin was a joyful presence to be around at every rehearsal and performance,” said Lea Salonga, who starred in “Flower Drum Song.”Ing is believed to have performed in more productions of “Flower Drum Song” in the role of Wang Ta than any other actor.

AdvertisementHe also portrayed the Shogun’s mother in the original Broadway production of “Pacific Overtures” in 1976, and reprised the role 28 years later in the 2004 revival.

tweeted in his honor: “Not only was Alvin Ing a trailblazer, but he was also an inspiration to a generation of performers.

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