Nicole Kidman's father dies while on visit to S'pore

Nicole Kidman's father dies while on visit to S'pore
Actress Nicole Kidman, seen here with her father Antony in a 2005 photo, has called him a great man she could rely on at any time of the day.

Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman's father died in Singapore yesterday morning.

It is believed he suffered a heart attack at The Tanglin Club, where he had been staying.

Dr Antony Kidman, a renowned clinical psychologist, collapsed when he was at the club's The Wheelhouse restaurant, after completing his morning exercise.

Paramedics who arrived shortly after getting a call at about 8.10am for medical assistance at 5, Stevens Road, where the club is located, took him to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). He was pronounced dead before 10am.

Dr Kidman, who was in his 80s, was staying at The Tanglin Club as his son-in-law is a member there. He had been visiting his younger daughter Antonia, 44, who lives in Singapore with her husband, a managing director at Scotiabank here, and their six children.

He is also survived by his wife of 50 years, Janelle.

The news of his death was carried by media around the world, although some reported he died in a road accident, and others, that he had collapsed in his room.

Attempts to reach his family here yesterday were not successful.

The Kidman family had yet to make an official statement yesterday, but The Daily Mail Australia quoted Nicole Kidman's publicist and long-time family friend Wendy Day as saying: "I think that some time and privacy is needed to deal with this shock and tragedy."

Dr Kidman was described as a family man who doted on his two daughters. Australian actress Nicole Kidman, 47, has previously described her father as a "great" man that she could rely on at any time of the day. "He's a great father; I can call him at three in the morning and he's there for me."

In June, Dr Kidman attended the Swisse Celebrate Life Ball, a charity function, in Melbourne with the actress and her husband, country star Keith Urban.

He was also a director of the Health Psychology Unit at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). In 2005, he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to health services.

Professor Attila Brungs, vice-chancellor of the university, said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we learn of Dr Kidman's sudden passing. During his 43 years at the UTS, Tony has contributed greatly - as a colleague, as a researcher, and as a health practitioner.

"Tony will be missed by all at UTS."

Singapore police yesterday confirmed that a man in his 80s was pronounced dead at TTSH before 10am. They are investigating the unnatural death.

A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force said that when paramedics arrived at 5, Stevens Road, a few members of the public were already performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a Caucasian man in the restaurant. Paramedics carried on trying to resuscitate him on the way to TTSH.

The Tanglin Club did not respond to queries by press time.

Once married to Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman's performance as Virginia Woolf in the film The Hours earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002.

limyihan@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on September 13, 2014.
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