Silat star Shahrin dies in his sleep
Tragedy struck the local silat community yesterday, after national silat exponent Muhammad Nurshahrin Shahruddin died at his home at Pasir Ris.
According to the Singapore Silat Federation (Persisi), the 22-year-old died in his sleep.
Shahrin, as he was popularly known, was serving his National Service (NS) and had represented Singapore since 2007.
He won a gold medal at the Asian Pencak Silat Championship held in Singapore in 2011 and was also a bronze medallist at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar.
Because of his NS commitments, he was not pencilled in for the Republic's silat squad for the SEA Games on home soil in June.
Shahrin is the cousin of former world champion Shakir Juanda.
Said Persisi chief Sheik Alau'ddin: "I'm shocked to learn of his passing. It makes me so sad, losing someone at such a tender age. He was a talented athlete, and always willing to learn and listen to any advice the coaches gave him."
In a Facebook post, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong, wrote: "Saddened to learn that national silat athlete Muhammad Nurshahrin Bin Shahruddin passed away today.
"Nurshahrin was an accomplished silat exponent; just two years ago, he partnered Sheik Ferdous to clinch a bronze at the Myanmar SEA Games.
"He also won a gold medal at the inaugural Asian Pencak Silat Championship held in Singapore in 2011. My deepest condolences to his family and friends."
Shahrin's passing follows that of another national silat athlete, former world champion Abdul Kadir Ibrahim, who died from a heart attack after a jog on Aug 16, 2013, aged 41.
Readers who wish to make donations can either contact Shahrin's family through his father Sharuddin bin Hashim at 9070-1540 or the Singapore Silat Federation through Siti at 9222-0042.