Singaporean friends paid tribute to a permanent resident who may have died of alcohol poisoning over the weekend in Los Angeles.
Mr Thu Yain Kyaw, 22, a second-year business administration student at the University of Southern California (USC), was found dead in his apartment by his roommates on Sunday night.
Local police said that Mr Kyaw, who was also known as Roy, was last seen by his friends last Friday, reported USC's online news site Neon Tommy.
The Los Angeles Police Department cites acute alcohol toxicity as a preliminary cause of death but an autopsy has not yet been performed, reported NBC News.
The death of Mr Kyaw, who had studied at St Andrew's Junior College and Ang Mo Kio Secondary School, was met with shock and grief.
His JC classmate, marketing executive Sophia Lau, 23, praised him for being a gentleman and a nice person.
She said: "Other boys would walk out and not wait for the girls, but he would always wait for us and hold the doors open for us.
"Despite being a student councillor and involved in a lot of school activities, he would always find time to tutor me in my studies and provide a listening ear when I needed one."
His best friend of 10 years, National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate Maurice Chia, 22, said Mr Kyaw was the life of the party and a pillar of support for their group of friends.