Sia, Malaysia's best Elvis impersonator, dies at 61

SIBU - One of the country's notable Elvis Presley impersonators, John Sia, had been looking forward to performing at a gala show in Kuching on April 30, but his abrupt passing put paid to his wish.

Juliana Wong, in her 60s, said her husband's sudden death at 8.40pm on Saturday was possibly brought on by a stroke caused by his high blood pressure. He was 61.

"He had felt unwell after coming out of the bathroom. I then gave him a neck massage but he just collapsed and passed away," she said here yesterday, adding that Sia had also complained of giddiness that evening.

She said Sia had gone for a medical check-up on Monday as he had already felt ill then.

"John had just made a new suit for the upcoming show," she said solemnly.

The couple have three adult sons.

Red FM Kuching deejay Jennifer Lau said Sia, whose stage name was John Jack Siaz De' King, sent a text message to her on Good Friday expressing his excitement about the show.

"He asked if I would be there too for the event where four other Elvises, including one from Singapore, have been engaged by the organiser to perform at a Chinese restaurant.

"I am the emcee for the show but I did not tell him as I wanted to surprise him," she said.

She added that she used to call him "the youngest, tallest and most handsome Elvis as he was the only Elvis without the pot belly".

During their WhatsApp chat, Sia also re­­quested that Lau play an Elvis number.

Lau said they would miss him and his stage performances in the country.

One of the seven Elvises in the state, Sebas­tian El Bong, said they were also scheduled for a show on May 1.

"He and I were the two 'Chinese Elvis' in the state. His passing is a loss to us," said Bong.