Senior citizen thought to be sleeping actually dead

MELAKA: A senior citizen who worked as a cleaner at a public toilet in Klebang Besar here was found dead at the Melaka Historical City Council (MBMB) public toilet last night.

Initially, it was assumed by passers-by and members of the public that Mohd Ismail Saadah, 67, was sleeping, before some curious members of the public who went to use the toilet realised that he was no longer breathing.

Melaka Tengah police chief Assistant Commissioner Christopher Patit said they received information from members of the public at around 8.25pm and a team including forensics personnel were despatched to the scene.

"The senior citizen was found on a chair just outside the public toilet and it was relayed that when some curious onlookers went to try to wake him up, there was no response whatsoever.

"From the initial observation and examination of the location, we did not find any criminal elements or suspicion of foul play, so the body was then taken to the Melaka Hospital Forensics Department for post-mortem examination," he said in a statement.

According to Christopher, checks on the deceased's medical records found that he was suffering from chronic heart ailment and had been warded before at Melaka Hospital after he had suffered a heart attack.

"The post-mortem examination revealed that the deceased had died of heart complications and the case has been classified as sudden death," he said.

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