The death of popular Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang has resulted in an outpouring of shock and grief amongst Singaporeans.
In a statement released on 23 January, the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said that actor Aloysius Pang has died after sustaining serious injuries during a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) training exercise in New Zealand.
MINDEF also stated that an independent Committee of Inquiry (COI) will be convened to investigate the death.
Pang reportedly sustained injuries to his chest and abdominal area while repairing a Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer at Waiouru Training Area in New Zealand. He then underwent abdominal surgery on Saturday (19 Jan).
MINDEF had said on Sunday that Pang was in a high dependency unit after undergoing surgery at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton.
A follow-up relook surgery was completed on Monday (21 Jan). In a media release, MINDEF said that a Singaporean medical team was working with the New Zealand team to ensure the best possible care for Pang.
Unfortunately, Pang succumbed to his injuries and passed away at 8.45pm Wednesday evening at the hospital.
In a statement posted on the actor’s Instagram, the family said, “We all broke down when the medical team spoke to us that his condition is worsening and we should be prepared for the worst. We’re going to lose a brother. And my parents are going to lose their precious son whom is only 28.”
On January 5, Pang had posted:
Off to serve our country. Back at the end of the month! May not be able to post much when I’m there so 等我回来 [wait for me to come back] yeah =)Aloysius Pang, on his final Instagram post before his unexpected passing.
Numerous celebrities have come forward to express their support.
To my dearest,Jayley Woo (@jiaqiwoo), on the passing of her boyfriend.
August 24 is your birthday
January 4 is our special day
On January 24 you left me without an explanation
You only left behind your cold and hard hands
Why is it such a coincidence that my favourite number is 4
Why did you ruthlessly leave me alone behind
How could you bear to leave this world
Why did you do this to me
I’m not lucky enough to be your wife in this life
We will definitely get married in the next
I love you, I really love you
Thank you for all your care these past few years
I will always love you; please travel safe
Come visit me in my dreams, understand?
And, I will never forgive you in this life
You’ll always be a part of me, my man.
We’ll meet again in the next life, till death do us apart baby boy. ❤️
” He will always be remembered for his good-heartedness, his sincere, unaffected earnestness and his professionalism.”
Pang is a familiar face to many Singaporeans. He started acting on Mandarin television when he was nine years old, and has won several awards at the annual Mediacorp Star Awards, including Best Newcomer in 2015.
In a statement, Mediacorp described the actor’s death as “a devastating loss.”
“He was a highly capable actor who had grown in skill and versatility but remained humble, diligent and ever willing to help others,” Mediacorp said. “He will always be remembered for his good-heartedness, his sincere, unaffected earnestness and his professionalism. He showed respect to everyone, especially his elders.”
Rest in peace, Aloysius Pang. You will be missed sorely.