Man who died during Singapore International Triathlon suffered cardiorespiratory failure

Steve Begley. Photo courtesy of Aude Percherin

A wealth management firm in Singapore has confirmed that one of its employees passed away during the Singapore International Triathlon on Sunday.

A statement from  St James’s Place Wealth Management Asia on Tuesday (12 September) said, “It is with deepest sadness that St James’s Place Wealth Management Asia can confirm that Steven Begley, an Associate Partner with the company since 2015, tragically passed away on Sunday morning after experiencing cardiorespiratory failure when participating in the swim leg of the Singapore International Triathlon.”

“Steven was a larger than life personality whose positive outlook was much admired by all of his colleagues,” added the statement.

An avid rugby player and coach, Begley was also involved with local rugby club Bucks Rugby Singapore. The club will also be organising a memorial service for Begley on 27 September. The club also paid tribute to him on Tuesday. “Steve had a larger than life personality, never failed to look at the positive side of things and always showed up with a massive, contagious smile on his face. Steve will be sorely missed within our Bucks Rugby family, where he made a massive impact over the years on and off the pitch,” said club secretary Lena Brantmark.

Begley, 42, was given immediate medical assistance and resuscitation was attempted by a doctor using an Automated External Defibrillator. He was transported to Singapore General Hospital for treatment, but could not be revived.

“We have established contact with his family and we will do our best to render them any assistance they may require at this point in time. We are saddened and all our prayers are with his family at this time,” TAS said.

Begley had moved to Singapore 10 years ago from Scotland to work in the financial services industry. The initial autopsy found that Begley had a previously undetected heart condition, TAS told The Scottish Sun.

The Singapore International Triathlon, which includes swimming, cycling and running, was the first such event here when it began in 1984 and has attracted thousands of athletes from around the world.