Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang had passed away from his injuries on Jan 23, 8:45pm (Singapore time), the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement.
He was 28.
Aloysius’ family updated his Instagram page, saying that is has been a difficult time and that they’re unable to comment.
The actor was was seriously injured during an overseas military exercise in New Zealand last Saturday (Jan 19), and was put on artificial life support for his lungs, kidneys and heart after his condition took a turn for the worse.
There will be an inquiry to investigate the circumstances leading to the incident, and the preliminary findings will be presented in a press conference today (Jan 24).
Mindef said in the statement that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will be making arrangements to bring Aloysius’ body back to Singapore.
The 28-year-old operationally ready national serviceman was carrying out repair works inside a Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer at Waiouru Training Area when he sustained injuries to his chest and abdominal areas, Mindef said previously.
He underwent abdominal surgery at Waikato Hospital last Saturday evening, and a follow-up relook operation was completed at 11am on Monday.
Aloysius kicked off his acting career at the age of nine and took a break when he was 14. He returned to acting when he was 22 years old.
He was named as one of the top 10 most popular male artists at the 2016 Star Awards, and clinched the Best Newcomer Award at the 2015 Star Awards.
The actor posted on Facebook on Jan 5 about his upcoming reservist duties: “Off to serve our country. Back at the end of the month! May not be able to post much when I’m there,” adding “wait for my return” in Chinese.
Exercise Thunder Warrior is an annual artillery live-firing exercise that has been conducted by Singapore and New Zealand since 1997.
This year’s exercise, which began on Jan 5 and involved over 500 personnel, ends on Feb 2.