Tuesday August 7, 2012
Fan collapses and dies as national shuttler misses Olympic gold
By RAYNORE MERING
KUCHING: Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s defeat in the London Olympics could have proven too much for an avid fan in Serian, about 60km from here.
Chung Kin Kiat, 56, was watching the badminton match live on television in a coffee shop with a group of friends when he suddenly collapsed and died at the end of the match at about 9.20pm on Sunday.
“He was seen cheering after the first set but after China’s Lin Dan eventually won (in three sets), he collapsed and did not regain consciousness,” said Serian police chief DSP Mohd Jamali Umi when confirming the incident.
Medical personnel from Serian Hospital were called to the scene and they pronounced Chung dead. His body was then brought to Serian Hospital mortuary. The case has been classified as sudden death.
The booing in the crowded coffee shop when Lin Dan won turned to gasps of horror when they realised that one of the customers had fainted and died.
“The man (Chung) was having a bowl of kolo mee and teh-o. He was in the coffee shop before the match started. Immediately after Chong Wei lost, he slammed the table and fainted. We are shocked that he died,” said Muhamad Nurhishamsyor Abdullah Bong, 42, a worker at the coffee shop.
Chung is said to be living alone at Kampung Muhibbah in Serian.