Cardiac arrest respiratory failure led to Pradip Subramanian's death: medical report

Pradip Subramanian knees Steven Lim during their bout at the Asia Fighting Championship on Saturday (23 September) night. (PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)

Bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian suffered a “cardiac arrest respiratory failure episode” which led to his death following a celebrity kick-boxing bout against YouTube personality Steven Lim.

This was the finding stated in the preliminary medical report released by Singapore General Hospital (SGH), according to a media statement by the match organiser AFC Holding Singapore on Sunday (24 September). A final medical report will be released in 30 to 60 days, the statement added.

The 32-year-old Pradip, who was also president of the World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation, had faced off against 41-year-old Lim in a celebrity match at the inaugural Asia Fighting Championship card held at Marina Bay Sands on Saturday night.

Lim won the match by technical knockout, with Pradip left seemingly dazed immediately after the bout. Pradip was conveyed to SGH, where he died at 9pm that night.

Lim had originally been scheduled to fight former Singapore Idol finalist Sylvester Sim, who pulled out of the match of Friday due to “insufficient insurance coverage provided by the organisers and restrictions on increased coverage as stipulated by the insurance companies”.

It was announced the same day that Pradip would take Sim’s place for the bout. Police are investigating the death.


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