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‘His body had always been very strong’: Former army officer dies after collapsing at work, Singapore News

Just a year into his new job as an engineer, former army officer Robin Chua died last Sunday (April 28) after collapsing at work.

The 43-year-old, married with a four-year-old son, left the military in 2023, after 20 years, to work in his family’s electrical engineering company. His rank was lieutenant colonel.

Chua’s sister told Shin Min Daily News that her brother fainted around 2pm that day. A colleague performed CPR and was able to revive him.

Others around him called an ambulance to take Chua to the hospital. However, he fell unconscious on the way to the hospital and paramedics were unable to revive him.

Chua was pronounced dead on arrival. Doctors told her family that the cause of her death was cardiac arrest.

“He was a good son and brother. Family was always very important to him and he was always the first to help when there were problems at home,” Chua’s sister said.

He added that his family had no history of heart disease, but his brother was a smoker.

Chua’s sudden death also came as a shock to his former colleagues in the military.

One of them, surnamed Tang, said: “His body had always been very strong. We can’t believe he just collapsed suddenly.

Chua’s wife, Ferlina Ahmad, told Shin that they met in 2013 and married in 2018.

She described her husband as a hardworking and disciplined man who always did everything he could to provide for his family.

“He was a very kind person and got along with everyone,” the 35-year-old said.

In a Facebook post dedicated to her husband on Monday, Ferlinda wrote: “Robin was the epitome of hard work, determination and resilience, qualities I deeply admired in him. He will always hold a special place in my heart and I am grateful for the love we share.”

Thanking Chua’s friends, relatives and family for the memories they made with him, she added: “Even though he has embarked on a new journey, his spirit of adventure will live on in our hearts.”

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