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Malaysian Singer Eison Cai Dies From A Fall In Taiwan

Prior to the tragedy, Eison Chai was allegedly in a bad mood and went to visit his wife, Hitomi Wu, on Tuesday night, 16 August.

Cover image via Oriental Daily & ET Today

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Taiwan-based Malaysian singer Eison Chai has died from a fall in New Taipei City, Taiwan on Wednesday, 17 August

Citing local media, New Straits Times reported that 40-year-old Chai allegedly fell from a building close to an MRT station in Luzhou.

The New Taipei police confirmed that the death took place at 10am. 

In 2020, he married Taiwanese actress Hitomi Wu and they recently celebrated their second anniversary on 28 July.

He was allegedly in a bad mood the night before and went to the building to visit his 35-year-old wife.

Kuching-born singer Eison Chai.

Image via SETN.com

It is understood that Wu left the house and went to Yilan yesterday morning, while Chai had reportedly locked himself in a room

The Straits Times citing local media reported that Wu had asked two friends to keep an eye on her husband as he appeared to be in low spirits.

While he was in the room, the friends thought he was resting inside until they heard the sound of sirens downstairs. There was reportedly no suicide note.

Hitomi Wu (left) and Eison Chai.

Image via China Press

Although he and Wu wed two years ago, they had planned to hold a wedding banquet in Malaysia soon

According to Apple Daily, Chai's parents will be arriving in Taiwan tonight, 18 August. The last time Wu met Chai's parents was during a family trip to Hong Kong in 2019.

At the time of writing, many netizens flocked to his last Instagram post to express their condolences.

Chai was said to be facing business problems with his restaurant venture in Ximending losing NTD5 million (about RM745,600)

Wu told the police that it could be due to Chai's introverted personality that made him keep a lot of matters to himself, reported ET Today.

Wu tried to keep him accompanied and had a heart-to-heart talk the night before. The next day, she sought help from church members to look after Chai but it could not prevent the tragedy from happening.

After learning about her husband's death, she returned from Yilan and went to identify her husband's body at a mortuary.

Reporters noted that she had been crying as she looked fragile and her eyes were swollen.

Image via ET Today

The late singer left Kuching at the age of 19 to look for stardom in Taiwan, reported Malay Mail.

He emerged champion in the second season of the singing competition Super Idol, held between 2008 and 2009, and received a record deal.

Since then, he had released a number of albums and was also known for acting in Taiwanese dramas, such as Rookie's Diary (2010-2011), I, My Brother (2011), and Feng Shui Family (2012-2014).

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