Ex-footballer dies of heart attack while raising funds for sick son

Sole breadwinner wanted to raise $120k so 4-year-old with heart defect could have surgery

When former S-League footballer Nur Alam Shah's unborn son was diagnosed with a rare heart defect in 2013, he vowed not to let him fall prey to the same condition that claimed his five-month-old daughter in 2008.

The 38-year-old was in the process of raising money so that his son Muhammad Royyan, now four, could undergo surgery when he died of a heart attack last Friday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2018, with the headline 'Ex-footballer dies of heart attack while raising funds for sick son'. Print Edition | Subscribe