'She was one of the nicest people around'

'She was one of the nicest people around'
Madam Nancy Gan was found dead in her swimming pool yesterday morning. The socialite was known for her porcelain art.

SINGAPORE - Just two weeks ago, porcelain artist Nancy Gan, 69, texted her friend.

"Guess what happened to me?" she wrote. "I had a fall. It could have been worse. I really thank my lucky stars (it wasn't)."

Her injury - a hairline fracture of the wrist - meant she had to wear an arm sling.

Worried, the friend who wanted to be known only as Ms Yan, called Madam Gan immediately.

"She told me she was very lucky. She had dislocated her wrist but was grateful the injury wasn't that bad," Ms Yan recalled. "That's how Nancy is, always so unassuming and down-to-earth."

But last Wednesday, something worse happened.

Madam Gan, a widow, was found dead in the swimming pool of her Bukit Timah bungalow. She is believed to have died from head injuries.

The police have arrested a 23-year-old Indonesian maid for murder. She was arrested in the house along Victoria Park Road. The New Paper understands that a member of the public had alerted the police on Wednesday morning.

Police have classified the case as murder. The maid was charged last Thursday.

Passers-by would have been able to catch glimpses of the octagon-shaped pool, which is beside the main building, through the fence.

Ms Yan called TNP after she heard about what happened to Madam Gan. They have known each other for five years after meeting at a high-society event.

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