NSF died from acute allergic reaction to zinc chloride fumes, not asthma
Private Dominique Sarron Lee did not die from a severe asthma attack but from an acute allergic reaction from inhaling zinc chloride fumes, a coroner's inquiry into his death has found.
The fumes were emitted from the six smoke grenades used during a training exercise in April last year. Private Lee, 21, died after having breathing difficulties and passed out during the training exercise in Lim Chu Kang.
"The cause of the demise is not due to severe asthmatic attack, said state coroner Imran Abdul Hamid, dismissing claims by Private Lee's family that he died from asthma.
Delivering his finding, the state coroner also said that the full-time national serviceman had underplayed his asthma history during his pre-enlistment check up.