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A 43-year-old former Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officer collapsed at his workplace and died of a heart attack.

Robin Chua, who left SAF less than a year ago to work as an engineer at his family business, fainted at work on Sunday (April 28) and died in an ambulance on the way to hospital.

Chua had reached the rank of lieutenant colonel during his time in the military.

He was said to be “fit and strong” and his death came as a shock to friends and family.

Fell into a fatal coma after fainting at work: nurse

Chua’s sister told Shin Min daily news (Shin Min) that her brother had passed out around 2 p.m. while working in the family business.

A company employee performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on him and was able to revive Chua.

Other spectators called an ambulance for him.

However, on the way to the hospital, Chua fell into a coma and medical staff were unable to revive him.

He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Doctors said the cause of death was cardiac arrest.

‘He has always been fit and strong’: army friend

Chua’s sister said Chua was a responsible family man.

“He was a good son and brother who always valued and cared for the family. Whenever a problem arose at home, he was the first to try to solve it,” she said.

A friend of Chua’s from the military told me Shin Min that Chua’s death came as a shock.

“He has always been fit and strong, so we didn’t expect him to suddenly collapse,” said the friend, surnamed Tang (transliterated from Mandarin).

He added that Chua had served in the SAF for more than 20 years.

While Chua’s sister pointed out that their family had no history of heart disease, other family members indicated that the deceased previously had a smoking habit.

According to the Singapore Army Facebook page, one of Chua’s appointments was commander of the 24th Battalion of the Singapore Artillery.

He also received an honorable mention for his service in the military at the 2021 National Day Awards.

Tribute

Chua’s wife, Ferlina Ahmad, shared a tribute to her late husband in a Facebook post on April 29.

She wrote that she had always deeply admired Chua’s qualities of “hard work, determination and resilience” and that he had a “spirit of adventure”.

“He will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I am grateful for the love we shared,” she wrote.

Chua’s wake was held on Monday, April 29, at Woodlands Memorial.

Top image from The Singapore Army / Facebook