Jin Yong dead at 94 – Legendary Chinese author who sold 300 million martial arts novels passes away after long illness

The famed novelist passed away in Hong Kong today after suffering from a long illness, according to local media.

His son-in-law, Dr Ng Wai-cheong, confirmed the tragic news to the South China Morning Post this morning.

Real name Louis Cha the former newspaper man was widely considered the grandfather of Chinese martial arts fiction.

His best known series of books was the Legends Of The Condor Heroes.

Most of his stories were set in the warlike society of the jianghu where martial artists roamed China trading blows and upholding honour.

In a glittering career he sold more than 300 million books worldwide making him one of China's best read authors.

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