“My mother Ch’ng Siew Hong, my sisters and I are very sad. Our cheerful father has left us forever.”
Lim had reportedly mastered the stunt over the last decade but it is not known why he failed at the latest routine filmed in the Malaysian town of Ayer Tawar.
Daughter Wei Ling, 37, said her father had been feeling unwell on the drive to to the temple and had “lost his appetite”.
She added: ‘’He went ahead with the entertainment for his fans. He was happy to see them and they loved him.”
The temple has now cancelled all entertainment as a mark of respect for Lim.
Taoist officials said the steaming ritual was “not mainstream” but more of a “magic performance”.
Federation of Taoist Associations of Malaysia president Tan Hoe Chioew said: “This steaming man ritual is rarely performed, and I dare not comment on what preparations are needed before you perform this. In general it is not advisable.”isable.”