MALAYSIA - Malaysian actress and singer Noreen Noor, famous for Malay pop songs and movies from the 1980s, died yesterday. The Singapore-born star was 54.
According to Malaysian news reports, the cause of death was heart and kidney complications.
She was pronounced dead at around 5am at Hospital Ampang Puteri, near Kuala Lumpur.
Known for hit songs such as Siang Terbayang Malam Merindu (Thinking Of You In The Day, Missing You At Night), she made her silver screen debut playing a young divorcee in 1984 comedy Talak (Divorce) opposite veteran comedians Hamid Ghurka and Yahaya Sulong.
The entertainer, well known for her sultry image, went on to star in films such as Hantu Siang (Daytime Ghost, 1986), Balik Kampung (Back Home To The Village, 1986), Wira Angkasa (Hero Of The Skies, 1987) and Pelumba Malam (Night Racer, 1989).
The fifth of six children of a retired policeman, Noreen - whose real name was Noraini Mohamad Noor - was discovered by executives from major record label Columbia Broadcast System (CBS), who offered her a recording contract after watching her sing at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Her first album, Kepastian, hit the stores in 1983 and she followed it up with other successful albums, including Dariku Untuk mu (1984) and Air Mata (1986).
In Singapore, she was often featured in magazines as well as on television programmes.
She is survived by a son, 22, and an adopted daughter, 11.
The son is from her marriage in 1991 to former husband Baharuddin Ngah, a Malaysian Airlines senior official.
Her two other marriages - to Pahang royal Tengku Kamarulzaman Abu Bakar (from 1984 to 1989) and to the vice-president of the Football Association of Selangor, Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad - also ended in divorce.
Noreen was not married at the time of her death.
According to Malaysian reports, she suffered from chest pains on Monday and drove herself to the hospital at about 3pm.
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