Dancing Queens Dies After Not Finding Heart Transplant

Story ByMichael Leidig, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

Taiwan’s ‘Queen of Ballroom Dancing’ has tragically died leaving behind a husband and a four-year-old daughter after failing to find a heart transplant.

Tragic Serena Liu who was known in Taiwan as the ‘Queen of Ballroom Dancing’ because of the many shows she was involved in died earlier this week at the age of 44. She had been on life support which was switched off when it was realised nothing more could be done.

Reports said that she slipped into a coma after her heart stopped beating following a valve repair surgery at Taipei Veterans General Hospital.


She had been waiting in vain for a heart transplant, and medics had been forced to operate after blood clots started forming in her brain. Although these had been removed they continued to form and shortly before she died she had been partially paralysed down her left side and then in a coma.

Her husband Shin Lung, who is a singer, did not comment on her passing but the previous month he had said how much the family appreciated the public support and positive energy sent at “the most crucial point (of her life)”.

He said if it was possible for him to sacrifice his life for his wife, he would do so, saying: “Serena needs the help of everyone to get her past this immense challenge in her life. I, Shin Lung, am willing to give up my life in exchange for hers because our daughter is only four. She can do without a father but she cannot be without her mother.”


Earlier this month her husband spoke of the difficulties in finding a transplant, given the long waiting lists, and the problems in finding a matching donor.

A spokesman for the singer, Jacky Wu, said Shin Lung was too heartbroken to face the press in the wake of his loss.

Serena had been a popular regular on various local variety programmes before becoming an actor and presenter in her own right.

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