Malaysian national basketball player dies in China
MANILA, Philippines -- Less than a week before the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships here, a member of Malaysia’s national basketball squad died in China believed to be due to a heart attack on Sunday, July 28, according to Malaysian national news agency Bernama.
The death of Jacky Ng Kiat Kee was confirmed by Malaysian Basketball Association secretary general Chey Tat Woon, who was with the team in the invitational tournament in Jinjiang, China.
The national team was in its final preparations for the August 1-11 tournament in Manila and the South East Asian Games in Myanmar in December.
According to the report, the 25-year-old Ng collapsed on the bench at about 4:30 pm and pronounced dead later in the evening while receiving treatment in a hospital.
“A MABA official and the late Jacky Ng’s parents are in China to make the necessary arrangements to fly the body back to Malaysia,” Woon told the National News Agency of Malaysia. “The death of Jacky Ng is a great loss to the team and the country.”
The 6-foot-5 Ng is considered one of the up and coming stars in Malaysia who played for Sarawak Firehorse Club in the Malaysian National Basketball League. - Rappler.com
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