Shock, anger & grief over Pradip Subramanian’s death after AFC fight with Steven Lim

Light-hearted event gone tragically wrong.

Guan Zhen Tan | September 24, 2017 @ 04:03 pm

In case you haven’t already heard, Pradip Subramanian, the President and Director of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation, passed away hours after his Muay Thai fight with Steven Lim yesterday (Sept. 23).

The fight, which took place during the Asia Fighting Championship (AFC), was originally meant to be a match between Singapore Idol alumnus Sylvester Sim and Lim.

But Sim pulled out at the last minute because of insufficient insurance coverage.

So Pradip agreed to replace Sim and fight Lim, despite having little fighting experience and virtually no background in Muay Thai.

The match saw him knocked out after several blows to the head during the match, and Lim won by technical knockout. 

The cause of death, according to a preliminary medical report by the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), was a cardiac arrest respiratory failure episode, which lead to Pradip’s passing.

A final medical report will be released in about 30 to 60 days, approximately 1 to 2 months from now.

Here’s how netizens are reacting to Pradip’s tragic demise.


No one had expected such an event, which started on a more light-hearted note, to turn into a tragedy.

Screenshots via Twitter


Screenshots via Mediacock Singapore’s Facebook post

Lack of preparation

Some netizens thought that what happened was due to Pradip’s lack of training and preparation for the fight:

Screenshot via Steven Lim’s Facebook post

Finding someone to blame

Some even started blaming Lim and even Sim’s last-minute pull-out as a cause, but there were many others who disagreed with these opinions.

Screenshot via Mediacock Singapore’s Facebook post


Screenshot via Steven Lim’s Facebook page

And some felt that the organisers should be responsible for what happened.

Screenshot via Mediacock Singapore’s Facebook page

Amidst the speculation on who should be blamed for the tragedy, there was this comment:

Investigations are ongoing

According to an official statement by AFC, they are in “close contact with the medical staff at the hospital to ascertain the cause of death”.

They have also requested for the public to “refrain from any speculation” and to “come together and extend our support” to Pradip’s family, friends and associates.

No matter what the cause of this tragedy might have been, Pradip, who was known to be friendly, affable and encouraging, will be greatly missed by family, friends and loved ones.

RIP, Pradip.

About Guan Zhen Tan

Guan Zhen always thought she'd grow up to be happy. Now, she finds solace in things like doodling, Visual Kei bands, strange memes and silly references.

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