NUS 2019 freshman Science Faculty pageant cancelled as student dies in unrelated incident

A notice about the cancellation was put out on the morning of the event.

Mandy How | Belmont Lay | August 24, 2019, 05:36 PM

One of the National University of Singapore's (NUS) freshmen pageants originally scheduled for Aug. 16 was cancelled at the last-minute due to a "medical emergency".

Six days later, on Aug. 22, one 22-year-old NUS student, who was a participant in the Faculty of Science pageant, passed away.

Mothership understands that the death was unrelated to school activities.

The cancellation is understood to have been done out of respect for the student.

"Unforeseen circumstances"

The NUS Science Bash Facebook page put up an announcement on Aug. 16 morning that the event was cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances":

The post read:

"Dear all,

We regret to inform you that Science Verse 2019 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Please help to inform your friends who are attending this event with you.

Kindly give us some time to arrange for refund. We will get back to you soonest.

For any queries, you may contact Ms Yong Lai Cheng (Science Dean's Office) at [email protected] or +6565167643.

Apologies and thank you for your support and understanding.

Regards,

Student Life Section, Science Dean's Office"

NUS responds

In response to Mothership.sg queries, a spokesperson for the NUS Faculty of Science said that all affected students have been informed but declined further comment:

“The event in question was cancelled due to a medical emergency. Out of respect for those involved, we cannot comment further. All affected students have been informed and they understand the decision to cancel the event.”

A student believed to be involved in the Science Verse 2019 pageant had sent a tip-off to Mothership.sg about the event's cancellation.

However, they were only aware of the cancellation and have heard rumours about what happened, but were unaware about the exact reasons or unable to go on record to talk about it.

The family of the deceased has also publicly put up a social media post informing friends and family of the student's passing.

Another spokesperson for NUS said that the university is "deeply saddened" by the passing of their science student:

“The University is deeply saddened by the passing of our Science student. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the student’s family during this difficult time.”

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