KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s legendary goalkeeper from the 1960s, Chow Chee Keong, passed away yesterday.
Chow was being treated at the University Malaya Medical Centre when he breathed his last. He was 69.
In a Facebook post by his son Adrian Chow wrote the goalkeeper had “fought hard and long for a long time to stay with us.”
His wife, Christina Kwok, 64, said his cause of death was still undetermined.
“He had developed an infection and it had spread to his organs but we are unsure if that was the cause of death,” she told Malay Mail.
“He had bypass surgery on January 17 and was recovering well, but some time later he started bleeding internally for a week, and doctors could not identify the cause of it.”
“He also had urinary bladder cancer so before he could be treated for that, his blocked arteries had to be dealt with. He took the risk of having the bypass,” she added.
Kwok added that despite his age, Chow remained active while teaching golf.
“He was otherwise healthy, till his last breath he remained a fighter,” she said.
Chow made his national debut in the football arena when he was 15-years-old and played professionally for a decade after.
He played alongside other Malaysian greats like Abdul Ghani Minhat, Robert and Richard Choe, Dali Omar, Ibrahim Mydin, Abdullah Nordin and Syed Ahmad.
The wake service will be held at Carnation Room 11, Nirvana Memorial Centre Jalan 1/116A off Jalan Sungei Besi today and tomorrow from 2pm to11pm.
The funeral service will be held at 10am on Saturday.
The cremation will take place at the Nirvana Crematorium in Shah Alam.
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