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Model dies after collapsing while singing karaoke on night out with her friends

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A model slipped into a coma and died after suffering a brain bleed while singing karaoke.

Karen Stella Wong was rushed to Singapore General Hospital after feeling numbness down one side of her body while out with friends.

The 28-year-old slipped into a coma and died three days after collapsing on December 12, local media reported.

Ms Wong had suffered an intracerebral haemorrhage a bleed to her brain, which caused her to have a stroke.

She had no known medical conditions, her family said.

Father Laurence Wong, 60, told local media: “Once in a while she got a headache like normal people do.

“The doctor said that even a common headache could be a symptom, but no doctor would ask a normal guy with a headache to go for a scan.”

Ms Wong donated both her kidneys and her liver after her death.

Her father said: “I heard they managed to do transplants on three patients and I feel it’s a blessing that at least she can save three people.”

But he added that he was worried how his wife, who was extremely close to their daughter, would react to the news.

He said: “My main worry now is my wife. They were like sisters. How is she going to handle it? I put her up in a relative’s house for the time being.

“It’s very difficult for me. I cried for two days. No matter what, I told myself I must be strong for my wife and my mother.”

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Families Identify Church Collapse Victims in Anguish

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Tears and anguish characterized the atmosphere as the grieving families of 13 worshipers killed in a church collapse arrived at the Richards Bay mortuary to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The worshipers died when a wall collapsed at the Pentecostal Holiness Church near Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal last Thursday night.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department co-ordinated with various departments including health, home affairs and the police, to assist in speeding up the body identification process.

Six worshippers were from Ulundi, four from eSikhawini and three from Maqwakazi in uMlalazi.

Describing the collapse, Phumelele Simelane from eSikhawini said worshippers had just had their evening meal and were preparing to sleep when the wall caved in.

Simelane was with her 6-year-old son, who is recovering in hospital. She said she came to the mortuary to support congregants whose relatives died.

The Mthembu family, who lost grandmother Thembi Mthabela, 54, and Andiswa Mthembu, 10, in the tragedy were overcome with grief.

“Thembi loved going to church and she always took Andiswa with her. Andiswa was doing Grade 3 at Nyathini Primary School. As a family, we are very traumatised and it is hard for us,” said a relative, who did not wanted to be named.

Buhle Mzila, whose sister Samke, 33, died, said the family had lost a breadwinner.

Samke, who worked at the Ulundi Municipality, was with her 9-year-old daughter during the incident.

Buhle said her niece, who was in hospital, was in a state of shock about her mother’s death.

“Samke loved the church, she always made sure she attended every service. She played a big role in terms of assisting the family. We are still going to feel her absence,” said Buhle.

A sobbing Mbongeni Langa said his mother had died in a “place she loved”.

The memorial service will be held tomorrow

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CAF Sidelines Nigerian Centre Referees for 2019 AFCON

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Out of the Twenty-seven centre referees penciled down for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, countries like Burundi, Mali, Zambia and Sudan are represented on the list, but no Nigerian referee was selected for the big occasions.

However, only one assistant referee from Nigeria named Baba Adel was listed among the twenty-nine assistant referees selected by the African Football Governing Body.

The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.

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