Suria star Ashmi Roslan, 34, dies of sudden heart attack

Suria star Ashmi Roslan, 34, dies of sudden heart attack
SAD SCENES: Friends and family members helping to carry Ashmi Roslan’s body.
PHOTO: NP

She was a picture of happiness when asked on Tuesday about her plans to marry her actor boyfriend Ashmi Roslan.

Bubbly Suria actress-host Syirah Jusni told The New Paper then that they were hoping to tie the knot next year, or the following year, if everything goes well.

The happy couple, described by friends as a "perfect match", had been dating for two years after meeting on the set of local Malay drama Bingit.

They would have celebrated their second-year dating anniversary next Monday had fate not intervened cruelly - Ashmi, 34, died on Wednesday night after he was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the bathroom floor.

The actor was having dinner with his family as well as Syirah at his aunt's place in Senja Road, in Bukit Panjang, when he excused himself to go to the bathroom.

Syirah became concerned when he did not return after 20 minutes and alerted his parents. They decided to break open the bathroom door after they peeked below it and saw Ashmi's feet. He was rushed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10.50pm.

The popular Suria personality, starring in ongoing Malay drama Jalan Ampas, died from a heart attack caused by a blocked artery.

STENT PROCEDURE

His sudden death came about a week after he suffered a heart attack and had to undergo a stent procedure.

Ashmi was discharged after three days in hospital and advised to rest for six to eight weeks.

Yesterday, over 400 teary-eyed family members and friends paid their last respects at his aunt's Senja Road home before he was buried at about 4pm at Pusara Aman Muslim Cemetery.

A distraught Syirah, 26, looked pale and seemed faint as emotions overwhelmed her - she had to be propped up by family members as Ashmi was lowered for burial.

Fighting back tears, her older sister, Ms Liena Jusni, 29, a call auditor, told TNP about Syirah's reaction after Ashmi was taken to the hospital: "Syirah called my mum and she was hysterical, screaming for my mum to go to the hospital.

"It was all too sudden. It will take Syirah a while to find her strength again because they were each other's pillars of strength. Our families are very close and fond of them."

She recalled that Ashmi praised Syirah for taking good care of him after he was discharged from the Singapore General Hospital following his heart attack.

On June 3, he had experienced heartburn and chest pains, and was persuaded by Syirah to visit a general practitioner at a polyclinic.

Later that day, he was warded and admitted to the intensive care unit after undergoing a stent procedure. He was allowed to go home after three days.

Ms Liena said: "He would tell us in a group chat how he could never find someone better than Syirah who really took good care of him. Usually when she was not filming for (upcoming Channel 5 drama) Tanglin, she would visit Ashmi.

"She said it was probably a sign when Ashmi insisted that she accompany him after a long day of shooting the day before he passed away. Usually he was laid-back, never needy, and would tell her to rest instead."

She added: "We were all quite close to him. He was a wonderful, fantastic man and for once, I was happy that my sister had found a person like him. It's really painful for me too."

FAREWELL

It was a solemn, teary farewell for Ashmi's family who struggled to keep their emotions in check.

Ashmi was the second of five brothers. His younger brother Ashraf Roslan, 24, described him as "a cheerful, caring, sweet and funny brother" who was the "joker of the family".

Mr Ashraf, a camp instructor, had attempted to revive his older brother after the fall but his efforts were futile.

"We are all extremely close as brothers. I remember earlier in the day when he passed away, I was having lunch with my parents before visiting him at my aunt's place. I don't know why I said it, but I told my parents, 'I'm going to miss (Ashmi) so much'," he recounted.

HIS CAREER SPANNED 9 YEARS

Ashmi Roslan rose to prominence when he was a contestant on local Malay talent search competition Anugerah Skrin in 2006.

He then had roles in local Malay productions like Walimah Season 2, Tak2ut and Yazid Pakai Lampin.

Earlier this year, he was nominated in the Best Actor in Leading Role - Drama Series category at the biennial Pesta Perdana for his role as a husband in Walimah.

It was his first nomination in his nine-year career, but he lost the coveted trophy to Malaysian actor Sharnaaz Ahmad.

Filming recently wrapped for local melodrama series Jalan Ampas, where he played Sukardi.

It is currently airing on Suria.

Apart from acting, he also plays the cajon drum in a local music trio called AJ'S

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