GEORGE TOWN: Former The Star chief photographer, Chen Kuan Hong, 90, died early Saturday (Feb 8) morning.
Chen's son, 57 year-old Chen Yeow Wai, said that his father passed away peacefully at his home at Sennet Place in Singapore at about 3.30am with all family members beside him.
"Last night, he was still his normal self and watching television with us before he said good night and went to bed.
"And then at about 3.30am, our maid alerted us that my father was experiencing chest pains and we called an ambulance.
"By the time the ambulance arrived, he had died," Yeow Wai said.
He added that all family members, including his mother Wu Yoke Wai, 88, were beside Chen during his final moments
Ng Ah Bak, former The Star chief photographer who retired in 2012, described Chen as his mentor and a very helpful person.
He said Chen was a good colleague and that he had learnt a lot from him when he joined the company in 1979.
"He was my senior when I joined, then about three years later, he was promoted to chief photographer.
"I learnt a lot from him, he was the one who guided me patiently in how to become a good photographer," he said.
The funeral will be held at Sin Ming Funeral Parlour in Singapore at 8.45am Monday (Feb 10).
Chen was among the first batch of employees who joined The Star when the publication was founded in 1971 in Penang.
He also leaves behind a daughter and twin grandchildren.