Singapore student found dead in US
A SINGAPORE student from the University of Southern California (USC) may have died from alcohol poisoning after a party at his Los Angeles home over the weekend - days after officials announced a crackdown on student parties.
Mr Thu Yain Kyaw, a 20-year-old sophomore, was found dead on Sunday in his apartment, where he had a party a couple of days earlier, NBC Los Angeles reported. His home was located just blocks away from the university's campus.
Mr Kyaw, a USC Marshall School of Business undergraduate, was found unconscious in his bedroom by friends. They had not seen him since the party, and were checking in on him.
According to The Straits Times, Mr Kyaw was a former student of St Andrew's Junior College and Ang Mo Kio Secondary School. He had also served as a third sergeant in the Singapore Armed Forces before going to university.
NBC Los Angeles said the county's coroner had not performed an autopsy, but local police are putting the cause of death down to "acute alcohol toxicity".
The death comes in the wake of a university ban on weekday fraternity parties following a spate of alcohol-related injuries. But CBS Los Angeles quoted a close friend, Mr Sid Gupta, as saying Mr Kyaw was not known for drinking excessively.
"The world lost like one of the nicest, kindest, strongest people that I've ever known and I'm sure he would have been an asset to anyone, anywhere," said Mr Gupta. "It's a real shame."