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Former Straits Times journalist died of heart failure

Published on Nov 3, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Mr Chong spent 14 years with SPH, holding various positions, including assistant news editor in ST. -- ST Photo

Police have classified former Straits Times journalist Chong Chee Kin's death as "natural death". The 39-year-old was known to suffer from diabetes and a doctor certified that he died of heart failure.

His body was discovered in his Kim Keat Road apartment on Thursday evening by family and friends, who found him lying on his bed. Police said they received a call for assistance at 9.38pm on Thursday. When they arrived, they found Mr Chong lying motionless.

The English literature and theatre studies graduate from the National University of Singapore was a career journalist who spent 14 years with Singapore Press Holdings, starting out as a crime reporter with The Straits Times. Before that, he had acted in local production The Teenage Textbook Movie alongside Melody Chen and Caleb Goh.

He went on to hold various positions with the news organisation, including assistant news editor in The Straits Times and news editor in MyPaper. His most recent role was helping The Straits Times newsroom increase its online presence.

 
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Background story

IRREVERENT SENSE OF HUMOUR

Chee Kin had always loved chasing stories but I remember him most for his irreverent sense of humour. He would make fun of himself as much as he did of others.

- Straits Times assistant political editor Leslie Koh, 39