The remains of former TV personality Datuk Mahadzir Lokman, who died in a hotel in Kota Kinabalu early yesterday, will be laid to rest in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 4.
According to his younger sister Ida Lokman, Mahadzir’s remains were brought back to Kuala Lumpur at 9.25pm and arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 11.50pm on Aug 3.
She said the remains were brought back to the family home in Petaling Jaya before burial at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery this morning.
Ida, 57, arrived at the Forensic Department in Queen Elizabeth Hospital (HQE) at 5.40pm yesterday to claim his remains.
Mahadzir’s remains were then taken to the State Mosque for funeral rites after the Isyak prayers.
Mahadzir was believed to have gone to Sabah with friends on July 31.
He and his friend’s family had checked into the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa.
It was reported that his friend last saw him at 10.40pm on Thursday (Aug 2).
Police said he sent a “good morning” text message to a WhatsApp group at about 5am yesterday morning.
A close friend found the 61-year-old unconscious in his hotel room at about 9.30am. He was declared dead by a doctor at about 10am.
It was reported that police received a call on the matter at about 11am.
No foul play was suspected and police have classified the incident as sudden death.
Mahadzir was in Sabah for work and was set to emcee an event at the hotel last night.
Mahadzir’s close friends had initially thought the news of his demise was fake news.
Previously, a similar report that had gone viral had turned out to be a hoax.
The TV personality, who hails from Johor and is the second of five siblings, was previously hospitalised at Universiti Malaya Medical Centre in Petaling Jaya on September 24 last year.
Besides suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes, Mahadzir was constantly plagued by headaches, according to his brother Danial Lokman.
Mahadzir had attended secondary school in Maktab Sabah with former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman and former Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun among others.
He had spent several formative years in Sabah, where his late father served as education minister and over the years have maintained a circle of friends in Kota Kinabalu who he would meet up with when he visited.
Sabah Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal paid his last respects to Mahadzir at Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday.
The Parti Warisan Sabah president, accompanied by his wife, Suryani Shuaib, arrived at the hospital at 1.55pm.
He immediately headed for the hospital’s Pathology Unit and left at 2.13pm.
Friends remember Mahadzir as a seafood loving, happy-go-lucky go, kind-hearted person.
Fans and members of the media simply described Mahadzir as the greatest ever TV host.
Earlier report: Aug 3, TV Personality Mahadzir Lokman Dies at 61