Bodybuilder Subramanian dies after AFC fight

Pradip-Subramanian-diesSINGAPORE: Exhibition Match-Up fighter and World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation of Singapore (WBPF) president Pradip Subramanian died at the Singapore General Hospital on Saturday.

Asia Fighting Championship (AFC), in a statement issued early today, said Subramanian passed away at 9pm.

“We are in close contact with the medical staff at the hospital to ascertain the cause of death and request that during this difficult time, we should come together and extend our support to Mr Subramanian’s family, friends and associates and refrain from any speculation,” it said.

AFC noted that Subramanian’s project, the AFC Physique Championships (APC), which was scheduled for today, would be cancelled as a mark of respect.

It was reported by Channel NewsAsia that Subramanian, 32, died after he took on YouTube personality Steven Lim in a kickboxing match at Marina Bay Sands on Saturday evening.

The 41-year-old Lim won the fight by a technical knockout, said the report.

The report said Subramanian had taken the place of Singapore Idol alum, singer Sylvester Sim, who withdrew from the match due to insurance issues.

“Rest in Peace, my really truly respected fearless warrior and fighter and awesome boxing instructor, Pradip Subramanian!!!

“This is a very sad moment for me to learn about the shocking news! U taught us all the virtues of being fearless and strong and the importance of keeping an active and fit lifestyle! My deepest condolences to you..you are truly our hero..!!!,” Lim posted on his Facebook page last night.