Aloysius Pang passes away after reservist accident in New Zealand

The 28-year-old actor succumbed to his injuries at 8.45pm on January 23

Aloysius Pang passes away after reservist accident in New Zealand
Aloysius Pang passes away after reservist accident in New Zealand
24 Jan 2019

Aloysius Pang passes away after reservist accident in New Zealand

Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) have confirmed that Aloysius Pang, who was injured on January 19 during a reservist training exercise in New Zealand, passed away at 8.45pm last night (Jan 23) at Waikato Hospital.

According to a press release that was shared at 11.29pm last night, the 28-year-old actor “was carrying out repair works inside the Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH) with two other SAF personnel” and “sustained injuries when the gun barrel was lowered”. A previous update by MINDEF specified that the injuries were on his chest and abdominal areas.

“He was evacuated to Waikato Hospital, a regional trauma centre where he underwent a number of surgeries to treat his injuries. Dr Teo Li Tserng, Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, was flown in to assist the New Zealand medical team tending to CFC (NS) Pang. Despite surgical attempts to repair damaged organs putting him on artificial life support, CFC (NS) Pang succumbed to the injuries and passed away”, reads the rest of the statement.

“An independent Committee of Inquiry will be convened to investigate the circumstances leading to the incident. A press conference will be held on 24 January 2019 to present the preliminary findings and will be chaired by the Chief of Defence Force.” It added that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will be making arrangements to bring his body home.

Mediacorp's official statement reads, "It is with great sadness that Mediacorp conveys our deepest sympathies to the family of artiste Aloysius Pang. Aloysius grew up with Mediacorp, starting his career as a child actor in our dramas in 1999. He was named one of the 8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill in 2014, awarded Best Newcomer at Star Awards 2015 and became one of the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes at Star Awards 2016. Over the years, Aloysius matured as an actor and was recently cast in the lead role of My One in a Million, a future drama on Channel 8.

Aloysius was much loved by all who worked with him and extremely popular with fans. He was a highly capable actor who had grown in skill and versatility but remained humble, diligent and ever willing to help others. He will always be remembered for his good-heartedness, his sincere, unaffected earnestness and his professionalism. He showed respect to everyone, especially his elders.

This is a devastating loss and we feel deeply for Aloysius’s family, friends, fans, his colleagues at NoonTalk Media and fellow artistes and teams who worked with him. We will do all we can to support them at this very difficult time."

A statement shared on Aloysius's Instagram page on behalf of his family reads, "Throughout the past few days in the hospital, it has been a difficult time for us. Every news that were brought upon us since his last op was devastating with little signs of hope on his recovery. We all broke down when the medical team spoke to us that his condition is worsening and we should be prepared for the worst. We're going to lose a brother. And my parents are going to lose their precious son whom is only 28. Thus I seek everybody's kind understanding that we are unable to comment further during these precarious time."

Aloysius was first reported to be “doing well” at a sudden press conference on January 21, but things were reported to have taken a turn for the worst the next night and he was required to have additional surgery, which was completed at 11.54pm on January 22. He was then put on artificial life support for his lungs, kidneys, and heart, according to a Facebook post by Minister for Defence, Ng Eng Hen.

In his last Instagram post shared on January 5, Aloysius posted a selfie of himself and wrote, “Off to serve our country. Back at the end of the month! May not be able to post much when I'm there so [wait for me to come back] yeah”.

Ever since news of his accident broke on the morning of January 20, many of his friends, colleagues, and former co-stars took to their respective social media accounts to share their well-wishes and prayers.

Toggle wishes to extend our condolences to Aloysius’s family and loved ones. He will be very, very missed by all of us.

Click through as we look back on his showbiz path and remember some of his most notable roles:

Photo: Instagram/NoonTalk Media

Aloysius Pang in 'I Love My Home'
Aloysius Pang in 'I Love My Home'
23 Jan 2019

Aloysius Pang in 'I Love My Home'

Aloysius made his acting debut at the tender age of 9 in children’s drama Xiao Fei Ren, before going on to take on more roles as a child actor in serials like A Child’s Hope, Bukit Ho Swee, I Love My Home, and more. He took a break from showbiz at the age of 14 as he was unable to handle the taunting and public attention, before making his acting comeback in 2012 film Timeless Love.

In 2014, Aloysius was named one of the 8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill, a group of the most promising young actors from Mediacorp. He won his very first Star Awards trophy in 2015 when he picked up Best Newcomer, and added his first Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes accolade to the collection the following year.

In 2017, his once-pristine image took a hit when he was charged with drink driving. He was fined and had his driving licence revoked for 18 months, but he took it all in his stride, tried to make the best out of the situation, and learned from his mistakes.

The last time we spoke to him was in October last year, when he had just returned from a two-month trip overseas to film upcoming Toggle Originals series From Beijing to Moscow. He told us that he was “looking at doing more things aside from just acting”, which included writing his own scripts. The entrepreneurial artiste also co-owned a wood plastic composite business with his older brother.

Aloysius’s last Channel 8 production was 2018’s 29th February, in which he starred alongside Thomas Ong, Hong Ling, and Taiwanese actress Elsie Yeh. He also appeared in one of the episodes of Toggle Original Love at Cavenagh Bridge opposite NoonTalk Media label mate, Kimberly Chia, that same year.

He was originally set to begin filming for upcoming drama My One in a Million in February, but Mediacorp stated on Monday that his role will be recast so that he can focus on his recovery. From Beijing to Moscow is slated for a June 2019 release.

My Friends from Afar (2017)
My Friends from Afar (2017)
23 Jan 2019

My Friends from Afar (2017)

In his first drama following his drink-driving charge, Aloysius played an alien who gets pregnant after being kissed by Paige Chua’s human character (and yes, he had a birth scene which, by the way, has racked up over 9 million views on YouTube).

Watch episodes of My Friends from Afar on Toggle.

Dream Coder (2017)
Dream Coder (2017)
24 Jan 2019

Dream Coder (2017)

Despite being a self-proclaimed tech dinosaur, Aloysius nailed his role as an app developer (he certainly looked the part as well).

Watch episodes of Dream Coder on Toggle.

The Gentlemen (2016)
The Gentlemen (2016)
24 Jan 2019

The Gentlemen (2016)

To prepare for his role as a lingerie designer, Aloysius did a lot of research about bras and even gamely filmed scenes where his character tries them on.

Watch episodes of The Gentlemen on Toggle.

Against The Tide (2014)
Against The Tide (2014)
23 Jan 2019

Against The Tide (2014)

Aloysius’s role as a mentally unstable murderer garnered him his first Best Supporting Actor nod at the Star Awards 2015, as well as a nomination for the Rocket Award. Although he walked away with neither of those, he did score his very first trophy - Best Newcomer.

Watch episodes of Against The Tide on Toggle.

It Takes Two (2012)
It Takes Two (2012)
23 Jan 2019

It Takes Two (2012)

Aloysius made his Channel 8 acting comeback with It Takes Two as the son of Kym Ng’s and Yao Wen Long’s characters. Although it was his first drama in many, many years, he managed to score his first nomination for Favourite Male Character at the Star Awards 2013.

Watch episodes of It Takes Two on Toggle.

A Child’s Hope (2003)
A Child’s Hope (2003)
24 Jan 2019

A Child’s Hope (2003)

One of Aloysius’s earliest works earned him a Young Talent Award nomination at the Star Awards 2003.

Watch episodes of A Child’s Hope on Toggle.

Aloysius Pang wins his first award - Best Newcomer - at the Star Awards 2015
Aloysius Pang wins his first award - Best Newcomer - at the Star Awards 2015
24 Jan 2019

Aloysius Pang wins his first award - Best Newcomer - at the Star Awards 2015

Aloysius Pang picks up his first Top 10 trophy at the Star Awards 2016
Aloysius Pang picks up his first Top 10 trophy at the Star Awards 2016
24 Jan 2019

Aloysius Pang picks up his first Top 10 trophy at the Star Awards 2016

Aloysius was one of the 8 Dukes, a group of Mediacorp's most promising actors
Aloysius was one of the 8 Dukes, a group of Mediacorp's most promising actors
23 Jan 2019

Aloysius was one of the 8 Dukes, a group of Mediacorp's most promising actors

Aloysius Pang with his NoonTalk Media boss Dasmond Koh and label mates, including Xu Bin
Aloysius Pang with his NoonTalk Media boss Dasmond Koh and label mates, including Xu Bin
23 Jan 2019

Aloysius Pang with his NoonTalk Media boss Dasmond Koh and label mates, including Xu Bin

Watch all of Aloysius Pang's past dramas on Toggle.

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