Malaysian singer Eison Chai died yesterday (17 Aug) in Taiwan. He was 40.
You might remember the late singer as he emerged champion in the second season of the singing competition Super Idol and received a record deal in Taiwan in 2016.
According to The Star, the singer who left Kuching 21 years ago, was found dead after he allegedly fell from a building close to an MRT station in Luzhou, New Taipei.
The incident took place at 10 am when Chai was reported to have fallen from the seventh floor of a building close to the exit area of the particular MRT station. Chai who is married to Taiwanese actress Hitomi Wu was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was allegedly in a bad mood the night before and went to the building to visit his 35-year-old wife. Turns out, Wu had gone to another state for work and Chai reportedly locked himself in the room before his fall from the balcony.
Recently, Chai has posted several selfies on his social media in the past week with sombre captions. His last entry was three days ago with the caption, “Love is the hardest lesson in the world, but is also the easiest lesson. Love her and you will have eternity”.
In a live-streamed karaoke session on Sunday (14 Aug), he sang Andy Lau’s classic ‘Forget Love Potion’, among other melancholic songs. Chai had reportedly lost NT$5mil (RM742,500) in a restaurant venture in Ximending recently.
For now, local police said they have launched an investigation into the incident, but no further details have been provided.
There are many outlets available nowadays to ensure that nobody has to go through the pain alone. Banding together and checking up on each other, we can make sure that everyone feels heard and seen.
If you need to reach out, try these resources: Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service (03-2935 9935/ 014-322 3392); Talian Kasih (15999/ 019-261 5999 on WhatsApp); Jakim’s family, social and community care centre (0111-959 8214 on WhatsApp); or Befrienders Kuala Lumpur (03-7627 2929/ email [email protected]/ befrienders centres in Malaysia).