National silat exponent Nurshahrin Shahrudin, who won a gold medal at the 2011 Asian Pencak Silat Championship, died in his sleep on Saturday morning. He was 21.
According to the Singapore Silat Federation, a family member tried to wake him up at his Pasir Ris home in the morning, but to no avail.
Paramedics were called in, and declared him dead at the scene. His body was brought to Singapore General Hospital for a post-mortem.
Nurshahrin, whose cousin is national team-mate and former world champion Shakir Juanda, was not believed to be suffering from any illness prior to his death.