Former Malaysian professional footballer Serbegeth Singh passed away from a sudden heart attack while cycling on Wednesday, January 12th.
Singh, known as Shebby Singh by his peers, received his COVID-19 booster five days ago on January 7th.
Sonuljit Singh, Shebby’s son, said those speculating that the booster shot was responsible for his father’s death were ‘irresponsible.’
Former Malaysian footballer Serbegeth “Shebby” Singh has passed away, believed to be due to a heart attack while cycling in Johor.
He was 61 years old. pic.twitter.com/2cETvpzLLJ
— BFM News (@NewsBFM) January 12, 2022
RIP Serbegeth "Shebby" Singh. First Ross Yusuf and now him. Malaysian football broadcasting scene lost two icons. This is a very very very very very sad news John. pic.twitter.com/DxQo9hdrGC
— Effi Saharudin🏴☠️ (@1Obefiend) January 12, 2022
At the wake of former national defender Serbegeth “Shebby” Singh.
Today we remember the national icon who brought joy to many with a ball at his feet. We shall continue to honour and cherish their legacy 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/PyrMoQsctj
— SikhInside (@SikhInside) January 14, 2022
He told Free Malaysia Today:
“He had it on Jan 7 and left us five days later as everyone knows. We do not know what booster shot he had taken as the MySejahtera app had not been updated yet.
“But the doctors told us the cause of his death was 99% related to a heart attack as his post mortem showed three of his coronary arteries having blockages. All his vital organs were in perfect working condition and there were also no signs of any allergic reaction,” he told FMT.
Unnamed sources on social media reportedly said Shebby appeared very tired after taking the booster dose, which possibly indicated heart problems or insufficient oxygen intake.
The COVID World noted:
Shebby was out cycling in the Malaysian city of Iskandar Puteri on Wednesday when he suddenly fell from his bike after being struck by a heart attack. The former pro was attended by several bystanders and an ambulance was called which arrived shortly after. However, nothing could be done as Shebby had already passed away.
Shebby played as a defender in his football career and represented the Malaysian national team 61 times, winning a gold medal in the 1989 Southeast Asian Games.
After his retirement, he stayed in the sport working as a coach and sports broadcaster in Asia. He also served as a technical advisor to Malaysia Super League club Melaka TMFC and later became a global advisor for English football club Blackburn Rovers.
Shebby was widely popular in Malaysia, known for his enthusiasm and passion for the sport of football as a pundit and broadcaster, keeping thousands of viewers glued to the screen whenever he offered his outspoken views.
He was cremated on Friday, leaving behind his wife Harbans Kaur and two children, Natassha Kaur dan Sonuljit Singh.
Malaysian news outlet The Star shared this video report: