Criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan, 67, dies from heart failure

​Criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan, 67, died earlier this morning in Singapore General Hospital.

Mr Subhas' family spokesman confirmed his passing in a statement:

"Mr Subhas Anandan passed away this morning from heart failure. The family is grateful for the outpouring of condolences and love for the late Subhas. The family asks to be able to grieve privately during this very difficult time. Details of the funeral will be shared at a later stage."

He leaves behind his wife, Vimala, 56, and son Sujesh, 24.

The lawyer, who was well known for taking high-profile cases, was diagnosed with heart and kidney failure last year. 

Among his clients were Took Leng How, the man who was found guilty of killing eight-year-old girl Huang Na in 2004 in a sensational trial and Anthony Ler, who hired a teenager to kill his wife in 2001.

The President of the Association of Criminal Lawyers in Singapore and senior partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing also defended Leong Siew Chor, the man who chopped up a woman he killed in a crime famously called the Kallang body parts case. 

Mr Rajan Menon, senior partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP, called Mr Subhas "one of the most outstanding criminal lawyers the Singapore Bar has ever had". 

He said:

"Subhas was a man of integrity, boundless energy, passion, compassion, generosity and a staunch defender of the rule of law.

"People who have been helped by Subhas, and there have been so many, will know that beneath that stern and fierce demeanour, was one of the kindest and warmest man you could ever meet."

Mr Subhas' second book, titled It's Easy To Cry, is due out in bookstores later this year.