Orange County's popular Vietnamese radio host Viet Dzung dies

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File: Vietnamese civilians to be evacuated watch helicopters arriving at an American camp in Plei Me, south Vietnam, Nov. 1, 1965.

A popular Vietnamese radio host in Orange County's Little Saigon, Viet Dzung, has died. He was 55.

Dzung was known for his show on Radio Bolsa. The show reaches the Vietnamese community around the world.  

Dzung was born in 1958 in Saigon, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Anh Do. Dzung then came to the United States as a young man.

"He was afflicted with polio as a child, so you would see him perform or take the stage all around town — up and down California in fact — leaning on his crutches, but always with a smile on his face, joking, with an underlying serious message," Do said.

Dzung's radio career spanned two decades. He spoke out about the Vietnamese government's humans rights violations and railed against communism. 

Dzung had a full performing schedule up until the time of his death. 

He died at a hospital in Fountain Valley on Friday of heart disease.

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