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No foul play in Syed Alwi’s death

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Dec 2008: Police have ruled out foul play in the death of national laureate Datuk Syed Alwi Syed Hassan who was found dead at his home in Kampung Sungai Serai, Kuang, Rawang near here yesterday.

Selangor CID chief SAC II Hasnan Hassan said the post-mortem result released at 11.15am today indicated the 78-year-old Syed Alwi died of head injuries after falling down.

“As he fell, he knocked over a table causing medicine bottles placed on it to spill pills onto the ground,” he said when contacted here today.

 Meanwhile, Gombak police chief ACP Abdul Rahim Abdullah said a skull fracture near his right ear could have been caused by his head hitting a flower pot as he fell.

“Other injuries on his body were also due his falling down and insect bites while he lay sprawled behind his house for a prolonged time,” he said.

His son Norsham, 27, found him dead outside the kitchen of their home when he got back at 8.30pm yesterday.

He is believed to have been dead for over 24 hours.

Norsham described his late father as a simple, laid-back man who liked to spend time at home.

“On Saturday when I called home in the morning, we spoke about the English Premier League game. He was a great fan of Arsenal,” he told reporters after the funeral at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery here.

“He had a history of stroke since 3 years ago, and it was associated with the vertigo problem. So that is why he was on constant medication,” he said.

Amongst friends who came to pay their last respects were Angeline Tan of Pi Mai Pi Mai Tang Tu fame, Farid Amirul Hisham Abdullah of the hit television series Gerak Khas and thespian Datuk Rahim Razali. — Bernama


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