KUALA LUMPUR: Multibillion ringgit 1MDB scandal suspect Kee Kok Thiam died due to a stroke, say his lawyers Valen, Oh and Partners.
In a statement released on Wednesday (May 31), the firm representing Kee – who had been arrested and released by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission – said that he passed away on Monday (May 29).
“We represent the late Mr Kee Kok Thiam & his family. He died on May 29, 2023, in a hospital of a sudden massive stroke.
“We urge all parties not to entertain any speculation on this unfortunate event and allow the family the space to grief on his passing,” it added.
It is known that Kee's remains were cremated at the Kepong Crematorium at around 8.30am, earlier than the original scheduled time of 10am.
Kee was one of the several individuals who confirmed with the authorities that fugitive financier Low Taek Jho - better known as Jho Low - was in Macau, along with a few others wanted in the 1MDB investigation.
He was said to be one of Low's close associates.