Singer Zang Tianshuo arrested in 2003 killing

Accused of masterminding gang fight that left one dead

BEIJING -- Police arrested pop singer Zang Tianshuo on Thursday in connection with a 2003 slaying in nearby Langfang, state-run media reported.

Zang is alleged to be the ringleader of a gang that organized a 2003 rumble at the train station in Langfang, stemming from a dispute over a bar business.

One person was killed during the fight, and Zang could be charged for having ordered the fight and/or the killing, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Police in China can hold suspects for 21 days before filing charges.

The singer is most famous for his mid-1990s smash hit "Friends," which was used in the 2001 Donald Sutherland film "Big Shot's Funeral."

Zang emerged from Beijing's underground rock scene, co-founding the band 1989 before going solo. He performed "Friends" in Tiananmen Square during celebrations for the 1997 Hong Kong handover, and in recent years has concentrated on film soundtrack work and cooperating with younger bands.

He is listed as being an artist with CRC Jia Nian, a joint-venture record label between China Record Corp. and Los Angeles-based AIM Group. CRC Jia Nian did not respond to a request for comment.