KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Red Crescent Society's (MRCS) vice-chairman Datuk Wan Azhar Wan Mohd Ali died of blood blockages in the veins on Thursday night. He was 49.
Wan Azhar was brought to the Sungai Buloh Hospital at 6am on Thursday after experiencing breathing difficulties.
MRCS communication manager Suhana Mohamed Salleh said he was rushed to the hospital by an ambulance.
"His wife said he was not feeling well and had a fever a few days ago."
In the evening, Wan Azhar was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit when his condition worsened.
He died at 11.58pm due to blood blockages along his veins at some parts of the body.
Close family members were by his side when he died.
"Wan Azhar is remembered by many as a selfless and a visionary man. He contributed a lot to the organisation during his six-years as MRCS vice-chairman," Suhana said.
He had been a volunteer at the MRCS since he was a little boy and his inspiration was fuelled by his father, who was also a volunteer.
Describing him as a hardworking person, Suhana said Wan Azhar was dedicated to his job.
"He was an easy person to work with and would reply to emails or sms at any time. He was also actively involved in volunteerism or any on-ground activities organised by MRCS."
Its deputy national chairman Hisham Harun Hashim said Wan Azhar was a kind-hearted person and loved to help people.
When Wan Azhar joined the MRCS national executive board in the late 1990s, they became close friends and share the same interest as both of them came from Kelantan.
"Some described him as someone who never got angry because he always wears a smile on his face," Hisham said.
He added that Wan Azhar's condition became worse when he came back from London in January 2011.
Wan Azhar leaves behind a wife, Datin Nik Norlini Nik Mohd Kamal and a daughter.