SINGAPORE- He came to Singapore from China to earn more money for his family and ended up sacrificing his life in a brave attempt to save a friend.
The tragedy occurred after a freak accident in a leather-dyeing factory on Tai Seng Avenue in Ubi on Dec 26.
When Mr Zhai Hailei's colleague, whom he regarded as a close friend, fell into a 3m-deep tank containing dyeing chemicals, he did not think twice before jumping in.
But the 26-year-old's valiant attempt was in vain. He, too, got stuck inside the tank.
The Chinese nationals died of organ failure in hospital on Saturday, nine days after the accident, the Chinese evening dailies reported yesterday.
They were trapped in the tank of pungent chemicals for about half an hour before they were pulled out by colleagues and taken to Changi General Hospital.
By then, they were unconscious, Lianhe Wanbao quoted a police spokesman as saying.
Mr Zhai would have celebrated his sixth wedding anniversary this Wednesday.
His wife, Madam Wang Junxing, who flew here from China on New Year's Day, was so distraught she wept uncontrollably at the mortuary yesterday.
In between sobs, she stamped her feet and lamented that her husband had died such a wrongful death.