The man who lost his fear of death: Former editor Peter Yeo Toon Joo at 75

Mr Peter Yeo Toon Joo rousing strikers at Times House  in 1971.
Mr Peter Yeo Toon Joo rousing strikers at Times House in 1971.PHOTO: COURTESY OF PETER YEO TOON JOO

SINGAPORE - At 75, Mr Peter Yeo Toon Joo is a medical marvel who has survived multiple illnesses and accidents over decades, including a lung disease that now makes breathing a struggle even when he is lying in bed.

His catalogue of trauma started with hepatitis that almost killed him at age 13. In adult life, he suffered two heart attacks, skin cancer, a tumour in the scrotum, bone marrow failure and bone cancer.

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