Singapore mourns for Aloysius Pang, the familiar face on local Mandarin TV who will grace the screens no more. Last night, after undergoing multiple surgeries and spending four days in hospital, the 28-year-old actor succumbed to the serious injuries he sustained during an annual military exercise in New Zealand.
The grim news was delivered last night by the Ministry of Defence (Mindef), who assured that a committee will be formed to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death. An Armament Technician from the 268th Battalion Singapore Artillery, Corporal First Class (National Service) Pang had been carrying out repair works inside an artillery vehicle when he sustained injuries to his chest and abdominal areas last Saturday afternoon. According to Mindef, the incident took place when the gun barrel of the Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer was lowered.
His condition turned critical in hospital, and surgical attempts were made to repair his damaged organs. Still, he passed away at 8:45pm yesterday at Waikoto Hospital.
Since the announcement, tributes have been pouring in on social media for the well-loved celebrity, who got his start as a nine-year-old child actor in Mediacorp before signing on with another artist management company NoonTalk Media. One of the last few things he posted online was how 2019 was going to be a year for him to “make bolder changes” for himself. Find out more about his character from the heartbreaking eulogies and tributes below.
Following Pang’s hospitalization, arrangements were made to fly his family to Waikoto Hospital. It was them who posted on his Instagram account to plea for some space and privacy to mourn the loss of Aloysius.
Prior to his death, it was not confirmed in public if Pang had been attached. His death, however, made local actress Jaylee Woo to write a heart-wrenching eulogy that confirmed their long relationship, and how she’s not “lucky enough to be (his) wife in this life”.
“I’m not lucky enough to be your wife in this life
We must definitely get married in the next
I love you, I really love you
Thank you for all your care these past few years
I will always love you; please have a good journey ahead
Come visit me in my dreams, understand?”
Jaylee’s twin sister Haylee Woo revealed in her own tribute that Pang had been working hard to earn enough money for marriage, which he planned to when he reached 31 years of age.
“After we had dinner and drinks, my sister went to sleep. It was just both of us, having a heart-to-heart talk for the first time. We spoke for quite a long while, and you told me you’re working hard to earn money. You wanted to marry my sister when you reached 31 years old. I don’t have the privilege of having you as my brother-in-law for this life.”