Pradip Subramanian, 32, president of the World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation (WBPF) has died today (Sep 24) after a kick-boxing match with Youtube personality, Steven Lim, 41 at Marina Bay Sands on Saturday evening (Sep 23).
According to a preliminary report released by Singapore General Hospital, Pradip suffered a cardiac arrest respiratory failure episode. In a statement on Sunday Afternoon, organiser AFC Holding Singapore said the final medical report will be released in 30 to 60 days.
Acccording to an interview by ChannelNewsAsia with a backstage staff member who declined to be named:
Subramanian appeared to lose consciousness while in a corner and had to be helped out of the ring.
The staff member added, “Straight away after the fight, Pradip (was) concussed and was helped to the backstage area. When I was at backstage with Steven Lim, I already saw (Pradip) lying on the stretcher and a few medics were fanning him.”
Rest in Peace, my really truly respected fearless warrior and fighter, Pradip Subramaniam!!! This is a very sad moment…
The celebrity kick-boxing match was suppose to be a match between former Singapore Idol finalist, Sylvester Sim who withdrew from the match due to insurance issues.
“Our beloved son passed away suddenly,” his family said in a Facebook post, adding that the wake would be held at Woodlands Street 81 on Sunday.
Here’s AFF official statement:
We are deeply saddened to share the news that Mr. Pradip Subramanian, Exhibition Match-Up fighter and President of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation of Singapore (WBPF) has passed away at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on 23rd September 2017 at 21:00 hrs.
We are in close contact with the medical staff at the hospital to ascertain the cause of death and request that during this difficult time we should come together and extend our support to Mr. Subramanian’s family, friends and associates and refrain from any speculation.
An official press conference/statement will be held in due course.
Mr. Subramanian’s project, the AFC Physique Championships (APC) which is scheduled for 24th September 2017 will be cancelled as a mark of respect.