The private investigator died in a clinic in Rawang.
Subang MP R Sivarasa said, via Twitter, that Balasubramaniam passed away in a clinic in Rawang which he went to after suffering from breathing difficulties.
“He was scheduled for a bypass surgery in about three weeks. Pending medication and treatment, Balasubramaniam had a follow-up with his doctors this morning in Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) and looked fine. Unfortunately, he had breathing difficulties at about 1.30pm,” he wrote.
Balasubramaniam’s friend, M Sadasivam, 57, also confirmed to FMT that the former went for a check-up at SJMC this morning.
“They found that he was doing fine and sent him home. Once home, he had lunch and took his medication. Right after that, he was on the couch watching TV when suddenly he complained of chest pain and was short of breath,” he said.
Sadasivam said that Balasubramaniam’s wife first refused a post-mortem and took the body home from the Sungai Buloh Hospital.
Sivarasa later advised the wife that it was best to take the body back to the hospital for a post- mortem.
Balasubramaniam’s remains have been taken to the hospital again for a post-mortem. The funeral is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.
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Balasubramaniam suffered heart problems on March 5 and was admitted to the SJMC. He was discharged on March 12.
In his first statutory declaration, he had implicated Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor in the murder of Altantuya.
He then retracted his allegation in a second SD, following which he left the country.
Upon his return recently, Balasubramaniam swore on the Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita that the contents of his first SD was true.
Only on Tuesday, Bala told FMT that he would rest for at least a month following his mild heart attack last week, putting the breaks on the opposition’s plans for his nationwide ceramah before the 13th general election.
He had said he may still have to undergo major heart surgery, saying that he would have to return to the hospital today (Friday).
“It was a sudden, mild attack, and the doctors told me that three of my vessels are blocked, so I may have to go for a major operation. This Friday, the doctors will redo the tests on me and decide whether I have to undergo heart operation or just a stenting,” Balasubramaniam had said then.
Balasubramaniam had also denied that he was suffering from heart problems due to black magic as claimed by PKR leader Badrul Hisham Shaharin.
“I don’t believe in [black magic]. I believe in God only, and I know God is with me, that’s why I am able to get treatment, and that’s why I didn’t collapse when I first felt the symptoms while giving a ceramah in Kelantan,” he had said.
Since his return to Malaysia, he had been involved in PKR roadshows to implicate Najib with Altantuya.