KUALA LIPIS: The story of a frail senior citizen which went viral after he was helped by policemen here on Monday took a tragic turn when he died of a heart attack yesterday.
Lipis police chief Superintendent Azli Mohd Noor said policemen had gone to the 72-year-old victim’s house yesterday morning to check his condition when they found his lifeless body inside the wooden and brick premises.
“The victim stays alone in the hut built in the durian orchard that belonged to his father. His other siblings stay some 100m away. His remains were claimed by family members after a post-mortem yesterday which confirmed that he died of a heart attack,” he said.
The incident on April 13 went viral after two video recordings of policemen assisting the victim who appeared weak while taking shelter under a tree from the scorching sun.
Policemen helped to put on his slippers before lifting him into a four-wheel-drive vehicle. They drove him to his hut where they put him to rest on a chair and provided him with some daily essentials.
Meanwhile, Azli said the 1.30pm incident on Monday unfolded when Lipis police were alerted by the public about an elderly man seen resting along Jalan Kechau near here.
“A motorcycle patrol unit (URB) team was deployed to the scene and the senior citizen told them that he was too tired to walk. He informed policemen that he was walking towards Bandar Baru Kuala Lipis to buy food.
“A police vehicle sent the man to his hut which was located about 1km from the spot he was found resting. They provided him with some essential supplies including food,” he said in a statement.
Azli said yesterday about 11am policemen along with the village headman had gone to the hut to check on the man when they found the door locked and their calls went unanswered.
“We were forced to break open the front door and found him lying on the floor. A Kuala Lipis medical staff later pronounced him dead at the scene,” he said.
It is learnt that the victim, a bachelor, had chosen to move out on his own several years ago before deciding to occupy the house which is surrounded by fruit trees.