President Paula-Mae Weekes has added her voice to the tributes being paid to actor, director and producer Raymond Choo Kong.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, President Weekes said her heart was heavy to learn of the actor's death.
The president said Choo Kong was a master of his field.
"Raymond Choo Kong was a born entertainer whose wit and humorous commentaries charmed generations of Trinbagonians. A gifted comedian and seasoned thespian, his exceptional talent transformed the local theatre landscape, setting the bar of his craft quite high," she said.
President Paula-Mae Weekes will travel to Barbados on Saturday to address local students there.
A statement from the Office of the President said Weekes will speak to Trinidad and Tobago Students Association Educational Forum on Monday at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus.
The Educational Forum is part of the campus’ promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals as prescribed by the United Nations.
The theme of the event is “Balancing the Equation: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges”.
President Paula Mae-Weekes is urging citizens to devote attention to building meaningful relationships in families and neighbourhoods.
In her emancipation day message to the nation, president weekes said lessons must be learnt from slavery including the destruction of the institution of the family.
She stated “throughout the period of slavery, war was waged on the institution of the family.
Mothers were separated from their children and sold without ceremony and men were regularly rotated around plantations to prevent the forming of familial bonds."
Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated Paula-Mae Weekes, the first woman president of Trinidad and Tobago, saying China attaches great importance to the development of bilateral relations.
In his congratulatory message sent on March 19, Xi said in recent years, the relationship between China and Trinidad and Tobago has maintained a good development momentum.
The two countries have enhanced political mutual trust, achieved fruitful results in bilateral cooperation, and maintained communication and coordination in international affairs.