Former Malaysia Cleo magazine hunk dies fighting for Islamic State in Syria

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 20 Nov 2018

PETALING JAYA: The winner of Cleo magazine's Most Eligible Bachelor of Malaysia in 2010 has been killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria.

Australian newspaper Herald Sun reported that Amir Milson died in 2016 when he stepped on a landmine while carrying another fighter on his shoulder in Syria.

"We heard when he died," Amir's friend reportedly said.

"He was carrying a fighter on his shoulder when he stepped on a landmine. That was it," he added.

In September, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation confirmed his death. 

Amir, who was half Malaysian and half Australian, studied mass communication at Curtin University in Perth, according to the report.

In 2010, Amir who was 27 then, was doing part-time modelling and had even planned to be a television presenter.

However, the Herald Sun reported that Amir, whose real name is Amirrudin Hud Rashid Milson, subsequently got married and had a son.

In 2014, he began to become radicalised. Subsequently, he divorced his wife before going to Syria. 

According to one of his friends, Amir's conversion to Islam was a "gradual process".

The friend added that Amir was known as someone who was "handsome, outgoing, extremely friendly, brave and courageous".

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