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HONG KONG (AP) -- David Tang, a flamboyant and outspoken socialite and entrepreneur who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion brand, has died. He was 63.
The Financial Times newspaper, for which he wrote a popular tongue-in-cheek advice column, reported Tang's death.. Tang had fought a long battle with cancer and died Tuesday night at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London with his wife Lucy at his bedside.
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 honor 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 Riche-mont.