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Father of pop princess dies of heart failure

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Feb 2009: The father of Malaysian pop princess Datuk Siti Nurhaliza died due to heart failure at the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital where he was warded on 13 Feb.

When met at the hospital, Siti Nurhaliza’s husband, Datuk Khalid Mohd Jiwa, said Taruddin Ismail, 67, had heart problems for some time and had been advised to undergo a bypass surgery.

“Besides heart problems, he also had diabetes and kidney problems. We rushed him to the hospital after he collapsed in the bathroom on Friday and a bypass was done.

“However, he was in a coma since then and confirmed dead at 11.50am today,” he said.

Khalid said Siti Nurhaliza and their family members found it hard to accept Taruddin’s death as he was healthy and had planned to go for Haj this year.

Also present at the hospital was the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Malacca, Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob.

Taruddin’s remains would be buried in Kuala Lipis, Pahang, after the Maghrib prayers today. — Bernama


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