Broadway actor, Alvin Ing has died at the age of 89 due to complications from Covid-19.
The actor died on Saturday, July 31, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, with his reps confirming that Ing died from breakthrough Covid-19 complications.
A rep said: ‘Honolulu native and American Army veteran with a gift to serve, he felt a duty to himself and his fellow citizens to be fully vaccinated.
‘Although he was fully vaccinated, Ing was first diagnosed with pneumonia in mid-July then confirmed to have Covid-19 a few days later. After two weeks of battling Covid-19, Ing passed away due to cardiac arrest.’
Breakthrough cases which occur in people who have been fully vaccinated against the virus — are rare, but possible and expected, as the vaccines are not 100% effective in preventing infections. Still, vaccinated people who test positive will likely be asymptomatic or experience a far milder illness than if they were not vaccinated.
Born in Honolulu, Ing studied music at the University of Hawaii before moving to New York City to pursue a career in theater.
After appearing in several Off-Broadway shows, Ing made his debut on the Great White Way as Shogun’s mother in the 1976 original production of Pacific Overtures — a part he would reprise when the musical was revived in 2004.
He also played Wang Ta in numerous tours and productions of Flower Drum Song and starred its 2002 Broadway revival with a revised book by David Henry Hwang.
In addition to theater, Ing had recurring roles on the soap operas The Doctors and Falcon Crest and numerous guest-starring roles on Benson, How the West Was Won, Charlie’s Angels, Quincy, M.E., All-American Girl, Dallas, Dynasty, Fantasy Island, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Hawaii Five-0 revival.
His film credits include The Gambler, The Final Cutdown, Stir Crazy, Troop Beverly Hills, and Smilla’s Sens of Snow.