Death of Cradle Chief in Fire Reclassified as Murder

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The death of 45-year-old Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) group chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan has been reclassified as murder.

Reportedly, a police source revealed that lab results last week from the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department showed that there were four traces of petrol found in Nazrin’s room that caught fire.

“Police have now opened an investigation paper under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder after the Fire and Rescue department alerted them to their findings.

“The lab results showed traces of petrol on his head, bedframe and mattress, as well as his handphone,” the source told the Malay Mail.

Following the incident on June 14, Cradle issued a statement asserting that Nazrin died from blast injuries caused by an exploding handphone that was being charged next to him.

The purported message from Nazrin’s family included other unverified details, such as Nazrin’s device was overheated and exploded, causing blunt force trauma to the back of his head, killing him.

The message also alleged that Nazrin was dead before the bed he had been lying on caught fire, partially burning his body.

Preliminary investigation from the Fire and Rescue department after the incident suggested Nazrin was killed following a fire in his bedroom at his double-storey terrace house in Mutiara Damansara and likely died of smoke inhalation.

Nazrin, 45, left behind a wife and four children, including a son from a previous marriage.


He suffered burns to 30 percent of his body in the incident that took place a day before the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

Cradle is a company under the Ministry of Finance, which oversees the development of tech entrepreneurs and the Malaysian start-up ecosystem.

It was the agency that provided seed funding to firms such as ride-hailing provider Grab (previously MyTeksi) and fintech start-up iMoney.

Earlier reports:

June 15, Mobile Phone Explosion Blamed for Death of Cradle Fund CEO

June 14, Start-Up Fund Cradle CEO Dies in Home Fire