Footballer Adrian Dhanaraj loses battle to cancer

Footballer Adrian Dhanaraj loses battle to cancer
Adrian Dhanaraj's family (from left) father Peter, brother Christopher and mother Su, standing over his casket.

SINGAPORE - The local football fraternity woke up to devastating news on Thursday morning.

Exactly a year after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Gombak United midfielder Adrian Dhanaraj lost his battle against cancer.

He died at 9.44pm on Wednesday night, aged 29, at the Gleneagles Hospital.

Just a few months ago, after undergoing chemotherapy treatment, a stem-cell transplant and then radiotherapy treatment, it looked as though Adrian was on the road to recovery.

He had regular stints as a television pundit on football talk shows, and also did commentary work during the Canon Lion City Cup youth tournament in June.

But the midfield hardman, who earned two caps for the national team in 2010, suffered a relapse in July.

Doctors then suggested that he undergo a stemcell transplant as a last-resort measure.

The donor was to be his older brother Christopher, 33.

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