In painful news, L.TAO Entertainment, founded by artist and mentor Huang Zitao of former EXO fame, one of the founding directors, Huang Zhong Dong, better known as Huang Zitao’s father, has passed away on the 11th of September. He was a mere 52 years old.

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The company took to their official account on Chinese social media platform, Weibo, to deliver the somber news. It was announced that he passed on due to illness, although no other information was publicly announced.

L.TAO Entertainment delivers the unfortunate news that Director Huang Zhong Dong has passed on the 11th of September at 52 years of age.

— L.TAO Entertainment

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The company furthered that Mr Huang was always a source of happiness and strength to all the workers at the company and that the company’s members are now grieving.

Even while he was struggling with illness, he remained encouraging of all friends and family, and tried his best to continue his duties, positively moving forward. We are in pain at his passing.

— L.TAO Entertainment

Following the announcement, all affairs will be kept simple, so as to honor his family’s wishes.

We hope our beloved’s spirit reaches its destination without any trouble or pain.

As his family’s wishes, his funeral will be kept simple.

— L.TAO Entertainment

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It is widely known to fans that Huang Zitao was especially close to his father, and they were often photographed together. It is thanks to Mr Huang’s hard work that Huang Zitao had a happy and comfortable childhood. Condolences to the Huang family and may Mr Huang rest in peace.

The full statement by L.TAO Entertainment can be read below.

Announcement

L.TAO Entertainment delivers the unfortunate news that Director Huang Zhong Dong has passed on the 11th of September at 52 years of age.

Mr Huang Zhong Dong was an important part of L. TAO Entertainment and was a source of warmth and a benevolent parent to those in the L.TAO Family. He was gentle and amiable, wise and honest. Even while he was struggling with illness, he remained encouraging of all friends and family, and tried his best to continue his duties, positively moving forward. We are in pain at his passing.

We hope our beloved’s spirit reaches its destination without any trouble or pain.

As his family’s wishes, his funeral will be kept simple.

This has been a special announcement by,

L.TAO Entertainment.