Frontman of local band in ICU after stroke

Frontman of local band in ICU after stroke
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

SINGAPORE - Musician Suffiany Abdullah, 41, from local band Crossover, is in intensive care at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) after suffering a stroke.

Mr Suffiany, better known as Yan Crossover, complained of dizziness and a sharp pain in his eyes after work on Monday night.

He decided to take a short nap in the car while his wife drove him home at about 9.30pm.

To her horror, he remained unconscious when she tried to rouse him from his sleep after reaching home in Choa Chu Kang. Mr Suffiany, a personal driver, was taken to KTPH.

He opened his eyes yesterday evening after several of his musician friends visited him, but he is still unable to talk, said Madam Yannie Kamarudin, his wife of 12 years.

The couple have no children.

The senior accounts manager, 40, said: "I thought he was joking at first when he didn't wake up. I kept tapping him and pulling his hand, but he just didn't respond."

Mr Suffiany is the frontman and songwriter of Crossover, formed in 2005. The band produced an album in 2012.

Mr Suffiany, who has a history of diabetes, has gone through two MRI scans, one CT scan and a blood test so far.

His stroke is believed to be linked to diabetes.

Madam Yannie said she is touched by the outpouring of concern from Mr Suffiany's friends.

Local actor and singer Fauzie Laily posted on Instagram yesterday: "A fellow friend from our Malay music industry is currently in ICU. Seek your prayers for our friend Yan from Crossover Band. Pray for his swift recovery."

Madam Yannie said: "I'm thankful for the moral support from Yan's friends, who have shown how much they treasure him during this difficult time."


This article was first published on November 26, 2014.
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