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Qiao Renliang (simplified Chinese: 乔任梁; traditional Chinese: 喬任梁; October 15, 1987 – September 16, 2016), also known as Kimi Qiao, was a Chinese singer and actor. He took part in the second season of My Hero (加油好男儿) and finished the competition as the runner-up for that season in 2007, and released his first EP in 2008.[1] On September 16, 2016, Qiao was found dead in his Shanghai apartment, after investigation, the police and his company confirmed that the case was a suicide because of depression. He was 28 years old that year.[2]

Qiao Renliang
Qiao Renliang.jpg
Born(1987-10-15)October 15, 1987
DiedSeptember 16, 2016(2016-09-16) (aged 28)
Alma materShanghai Dianji University
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active2005–2016
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Musical career
Also known asKimi Qiao
LabelsWarner Music China


Qiao Renliang was born as the only son to a modest family in Shanghai on October 15, 1987. He graduated from Shanghai Dianji University (上海电机学院). Before the commencement of his singing career, Qiao was a track and field athlete who specialised in high jump events. He was a classmate of 110-meter hurdler Liu Xiang in primary school. Qiao won the National High Jump Competition in 2003.[3][4]

Qiao's English nickname, Kimi, originates from his admiration of Finnish Formula 1 driver Kimi Räikkönen.[5]

In 2005, Qiao participated in the "Golden Star" competition (金鹰之星) and became the winner of the "New Voice" segment. He also took part in the second season of My Hero and finished as runner-up in the 2007 competition.[3]

In 2008, he released his first EP Start today (今天开始) which ranked top ten on the China Album Sales Chart.[1] He was also chosen to sing the theme song of Windows 7 in the Asia-Pacific Region.[2] Qiao also starred in numerous movies and television series.


On September 16, 2016, Qiao was found dead in his apartment on Qishun Road, Putuo District, Shanghai. After an investigation, the police confirmed that the cause of death was suicide because of depression. He was 28 years old.[2][6]

Posthumous albumEdit

On December 10, 2016, Warner Music China, Qiao's music label, released a posthumous album titled "KIMI". December 10 was deliberately chosen as the album's release date, due to two of Qiao's previous albums also being released on the same day in 2009 and 2012.



Year English Title Chinese Title Role
2009 One Night in Supermarket 夜·店 Li Junwei
2010 Wall Lords 战墙 A Hui
2011 Quit Smoking, Not Quit Drinking 戒烟不戒酒 Lin Hongxing
2011 Stop it, another day 别闹,改日 Zhao Xiaochen
2011 Whistle Loud 哨声嘹亮
2011 Love Letter 情书 Xiao Feng
2011 One Step Away 爱有多久 Yang Yang
2011 Sleepless Fashion 与时尚同居 Wu Yang
2011 East Meets West 东成西就2011 Ju Ge
2011 A Big Deal 巨额交易 Liu Yijun
2012 Di Xiaojie Chronicles 狄小杰事件簿 Di Xiaojie
2012 11 Flowers 我11 Du Hongjun
2012 To Forgive 查无此人 Li Chun
2012 The Zodiac Mystery 十二星座离奇事件 Chen Xiaojun
2012 Good-For-Nothing Heroes 请叫我英雄 Peng Da
2013 Yue Chao 乐潮 Qi Gang
2013 Thousand City 千城 Qi Gang
2013 Night Night Night 夜夜夜 Di Xiaojie
2014 Night of Adventure 疯狂72小时 Tuoniao
2014 Night Mail 死亡邮件 Xiao Liang
2015 Magic Card 魔卡行动 A Zhi
2015 Surprise 万万没想到 Benboerba
2016 Never Gone 致青春·原来你还在这里 Shen Ju'an
2016 Days of Our Own 我们的十年 Guo Yuchen


Year English Title Chinese Title Role
2009 Go for It! The Prince of Tennis 加油!网球王子 Qi Yuan
2010 New One Plum Blossom 新一剪梅 Xing Zhengyang
2011 Sunny Piggy Jiumei 春光灿烂猪九妹 Sun Wukong
2012 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine 倾世皇妃 Emperor Taizu of Song
2012 My Economical Man 我的经济适用男 Yang Fan
2013 Legend of Lu Zhen 陆贞传奇 Gao Yan
2013 DBI 新神探联盟之包大人来了 Bai Yutang
2013 The Queen of SOP 2 胜女的代价2 Bai Jiawei
2014 Love Is Back 爱情回来了 Cheng Lei
2014 Tiny Time 小时代之折纸时代 Zhou Chongguang
2015 Cruel Romance 锦绣缘华丽冒险 Xiang Yingdong
2015 Tour Between Two Lovers 向幸福出发 Ren Yifan
2015 Code Name 代号 Feng Jiusi
2016 Customize Happiness 定制幸福 Zhan Wang
2016 Stay with Me 放弃我,抓紧我 Huo Xiao
TBA The Snow Queen 雪女王 Shen Leizhi

Variety showEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 We Are In Love Cast member Xu Lu


  • Start Today (今天开始, 2008)
  • The Lovely You (可爱的你, 2009)
  • Diamond (钻石, December 10, 2009)
  • Pin.K (Pin.K/拼, December 10, 2012)
  • Excellent (耀·出色, 2014)
  • KIMI (December 10, 2016), released posthumously


  1. ^ a b "乔任梁本周返沪 签售首张EP《今天开始》". Sina (in Chinese). February 21, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "Actor/singer Qiao Renliang dies from possible depression". September 17, 2016.
  3. ^ a b 【離奇死亡】家境很好係獨子 被封「傾城四少」. Apple Daily (in Chinese). September 17, 2016.
  4. ^ 曾和劉翔師出同門. Singtao Daily (in Chinese). 2016-09-17.
  5. ^ 华策《定制幸福》曝手绘版海报 乔任梁恋上童瑶. (in Chinese). 2015-08-05.
  6. ^ 28歲《小時代》男星驟逝 公司證實「憂鬱症輕生」. Apple Daily (in Chinese). 2016-09-16.

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