MELAKA: Former NST journalist Jason Gerald John has died in an accident at Ayer Keroh, Melaka, on early Friday (June 21) morning.
Melaka Fire and Rescue Department has informed that the car driven by Gerard's wife had lost control before ramming into a tree near a petrol station at Ayer Keroh at about 2.30am.
His wife Krisa Selvaraj, 38, survived with a fractured left hand and is currently being treated at Melaka Hospital.
The couple was driving back from Puchong when the accident took place.
John, 44, had served the New Straits Times since 1996, including as a reporter in Kuantan before being made a bureau chief in Melaka in 2007.
He was diagnosed with acute diabetes recently and his left leg was amputated, while he had also suffered from stroke before opting out from his employment on medical reasons in 2017.
John needed to undergo frequent dialysis due to his health condition.
It's learnt that his wife was driving him back from the dialysis centre in Puchong, Selangor, when the incident occurred.
On September last year, State Agriculture, Agro-Based, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Committee chairman Norhizam Hassan Baktee and The Settlement Hotel owner Billy Leong launched a donation drive to assist John's medical expenses.