21-year-old Malaysian dies after taking part in half-marathon in Wales

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PETALING JAYA: A 21-year-old Malaysian student died after taking part in a half-marathon in Wales.

Channel News Asia (CNA) reported that Wil Sern Ong, who moved to Swansea in 2017, collapsed just metres from the finish line on Sunday. He was later rushed to a hospital, where he died.

According to organisers, it was the second time Ong, who was studying environmental engineering at Swansea University, was taking part in the event.

CNA reported that the family is “heartbroken” by his sudden death.

“No words could express how sad and painful it is for the family,” the portal quoted a family spokesperson as saying.

Ong’s aunt described him as a “special boy who would have achieved great things in life”.

“The last few days have been a whirlwind of emotions and we are unable to come to terms with the passing of my nephew,” she said.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise £1,000 (RM5,250) for the family.