Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan's Death Is Now Being Investigated As Murder

New lab reports revealed that traces of petrol were found in Nazrin's room that caught fire.

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Two months after the death of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan, police are reported to have reclassified his death as murder in light of new lab results suggesting that it may have resulted from foul play

Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan.

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The 45-year-old entrepreneur was believed to have died of smoke inhalation on 14 June 2018 after his room caught fire at his home in Mutiara Damansara. He was also reported to have suffered burns to 30 percent of his body. 

According to a report by Malay Mail, lab results that were released last week showed that there were traces of petrol on his head, bedframe, mattress, and handphone

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In a statement reported by New Straits Times, Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmad said, "The case of the death of the Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO on June 14 has been reclassified as murder, based on the Fire and Rescue Department’s report on investigations into the incident as well as the post-mortem examination done on the victim."

In a statement released by Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd shortly after his death, it was purported that Nazrin had died of injuries from an exploding phone

Firemen arriving at Nazrin's home in Mutiara Damansara on 14 June.

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Cradle's statement, published on Facebook on 15 June, said, "The post mortem report concluded the cause of death as being complication of blast injuries attributable to an exploding hand phone that was being charged next to him."

In a separate report, a message quoting Nazrin's brother-in-law claimed that the phone had overheated and exploded as it was charging, causing blunt trauma to the back of Nazrin's head that led to his death. The message also said that the explosion also caused to mattress to catch fire, but Nazrin is believed to have died by then.

However, the Fire and Rescue Department was reported to have refuted the claims, saying that they did not conclude nor suggest that Nazrin was killed by an exploding phone. 

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