SINGAPORE - She calls him her angel.
So local actress Jacelyn Tay was devastated when she received the bad news on Sunday.
Her close friend, MediaCorp's managing director of television and LifeBrandz's non-executive director Bernard Lim, 45, had suffered a stroke the night before.
He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Tan Tock Seng Hospital early Sunday.
Tay has been friends with Mr Lim for 15 years and the initial shock from the news left her in tears.
Mr Lim had introduced Tay's husband, businessman Brian Wong, to her in 2008.
Tay, 38, told The New Paper: "Bernard's my angel, he is our (my husband and I) angel.
"We met only because of him.
"Bernard is someone who has also seen me through all the ups and downs in my life in these 15 years.
"On Sunday when we went to visit him, he woke up when we reached but he couldn't speak. We spoke to him.
"I know he's a very optimistic and positive person. I hope for his speedy recovery."
Tay said that on Sunday night when she visited Mr Lim, she and her husband were the only ones there as most of his friends and colleagues were attending Star Awards Show 1.
Yesterday, she was also at the hospital because Mr Lim had undergone surgery.
Said Tay: "There was nothing I could do but pray for Bernard.
"I was informed that the operation had a positive outcome and that the doctor took a much shorter time to perform the surgery than expected.