Local singer-actor Ashmi Roslan dies a week after heart attack, aged 34

Local singer-actor Ashmi Roslan died on Wednesday (June 10) at age 34. He is believed to have suffered a heart attack. -- PHOTO: BH FILE
Local singer-actor Ashmi Roslan died on Wednesday (June 10) at age 34. He is believed to have suffered a heart attack. -- PHOTO: BH FILE

He was a healthy and active guy who took part in charity soccer matches.

So when singer-actor Ashmi Roslan died suddenly on June 10 - a week after he had been warded for a heart attack - his family and friends were shocked.

He was 34 and leaves behind his parents and four brothers.

At the Alkhair Mosque in Teck Whye Crescent on the afternoon of June 11, family and friends gathered for a prayer session for him.

His girlfriend, actor-host Syirah Jusni, 26 told The Straits Times that he had suffered a sudden heart attack on June 3, and was warded at the Singapore General Hospital for two nights.

After his discharge, he recuperated at his aunt's flat in Bukit Panjang. But on the evening of June 10, Syirah found him lying unconscious in the toilet, face down in a pool of blood.

He was rushed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10.50pm.

Said Syirah: "We think he hit his head and died from loss of blood. Among the medication he had taken was a blood thinner."

Blood thinners are a common medication for heart patients - they reduce the risk of heart attack, and work by cutting down the formation of blood clots in arteries and veins.

Syirah said no one had expected Ashmi to have a heart attack. "He had always been active and healthy, and played in charity soccer matches."

Among those who turned up for the prayer session was Malaysian actor Iqram Dinzly. Said the 34-year-old: "Ashmi was always jovial and happy-go-lucky. We even had plans to catch up after he had recovered. His death was a shock to all of us.

Added Syirah: "He will always be in my heart, mind and prayers. If he could see the prayers and love everyone has for him, I'm sure his heart would have swelled with joy."

In a post on its Facebook page, MediaCorp's Suria TV channel expressed their condolences and described him as an artiste "with great talent".

They said Ashmi became known after appearing in the 2006 season of reality talent show Anugerah Skrin.

More recently, he appeared in the charity show Projek Kasih and acted in the melodrama Jalan Ampas - currently airing on Suria and also starring Fizah Nizam and Hashimah Hamidon.

Ashmi's friends - many of which are in the entertainment industry - and fans have been posting tributes to him on social media.

According to previous newspaper reports, he and fellow Suria artists Nurul Aini, Fadhlur Rahman and Khairudin Samsudin started Studio Cafe Sg in Toa Payoh in 2014, which serves local and Western fare such as nasi goreng ayam penyet and sirloin steak.

The cafe posted on its Facebook page in the early hours of June 11: "To our friend, business partner and brother Ashmi Roslan. You will be truly missed."

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