Published: Monday January 28, 2013 MYT 3:48:00 PM
Updated: Monday January 28, 2013 MYT 9:18:13 PM
Badminton great Eddy Choong passes away at 82
By EDDIE CHUA
GEORGETOWN: Badminton great Datuk Eddy Choong, a four-time All-England singles champion, passed away Monday. He was 82.
A family member said Choong died at 3pm at Loy Guan Lye Hospital here, where he had been warded for almost a week.
The octogenarian was All-England champion in 1953, 1954, 1956 and 1957. He was a finalist in 1952 and 1957, and won the doubles titles with his brother David from 1951 to 1953.
He was also a member of the 1955 Malayan Thomas Cup team which retained the world team championship, and the 1958 team which surrendered the title to Indonesia.
Choong was inducted into the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1997.
Choong, 83, leaves behind wife Datin Maggie Choong, four sons and five grandchildren.
His eldest son, Finn Choong, 53, told Bernama that his father was admitted to the hospital after he vomited.
"The doctor had allowed him to be discharged on Monday. However, he experienced complications and stopped breathing. The doctor found his stomach bleeding," he told reporters at his house in Jalan Bell.
He said his father who dearly loved badminton, was due to attend the All-England competition in Birmingham in March to support the national team.
Meanwhile, Maggie, 79, expressed her gladness at the coming of the media to cover her husband's death.
"I am very happy to see all of you still remember him. For many many years he always loved all the reporters. He was very proud of you all. I think he will be very happy now if he can see you," she said.
His remains will be cremated at the Batu Gantung Crematorium here at 2pm on Friday.
In KUALA LUMPUR, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh said he was informed of Choong's death by the latter's family members.
"It is saddening news and a big loss for the badminton fraternity. BAM and I extend our condolences to his family," he said.