Former Malaysian football player Serbegeth Singh, more popularly known as Shebby Singh, died suddenly from a heart attack while out cycling on Wednesday, January 12th.

Shebby, who has worked in recent years as a football pundit, received his COVID-19 booster shot just five days earlier on January 7th.

Former Malaysian pro football player Serbegeth “Shebby” Singh died after suffering a heart attack

Shebby’s son, Sonuljit Singh, told Free Malaysia Today that his father had received the booster shot five days before his death, labeling those speculating about the jab being related to his sudden death as ‘irresponsible‘.

“He had it on January 7th and left us five days later as everyone knows. We do not know what booster shot he had taken as the MySejahtera app [Malaysia’s COVID QR-code app] had not been updated yet.

But the doctors told us the cause of his death was 99 per cent related to a heart attack as his post-mortem showed three of his coronary arteries having blockages. All his vital organs were in perfect working condition and there were also no signs of any allergic reaction.”

The sudden passing of Shebby even prompted a response from Malaysia’s King and Queen, saying:

The King and Queen greatly appreciate his services and sacrifices to the country. His passing is a big loss to Malaysian football.

Shebby was out cycling in the Malaysian city of Iskandar Puteri on Wednesday when he suddenly fell from his bike after being struck by a heart attack. The former pro was attended by several bystanders and an ambulance was called which arrived shortly after. However, nothing could be done as Shebby had already passed away.

Bystanders captured images of Shebby Singh as he received medical assistance, Jan. 12th, 2022

Shebby played as a defender in his football career and represented the Malaysian national team 61 times, winning a gold medal in the 1989 Southeast Asian Games.

After his retirement, he stayed in the sport working as a coach and sports broadcaster in Asia. He also served as a technical advisor to Malaysia Super League club Melaka TMFC and later became a global advisor for English football club Blackburn Rovers.

Shebby was widely popular in Malaysia, known for his enthusiasm and passion for the sport of football as a pundit and broadcaster, keeping thousands of viewers glued to the screen whenever he offered his outspoken views.

He was cremated on Friday, leaving behind his wife Harbans Kaur and two children, Natassha Kaur dan Sonuljit Singh.

A video report on his funeral by Malaysian news outlet The Star:

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