Singapore: Dead man goes unnoticed at Ang Mo Kio coffee shop, friend thought he was sleeping
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A 56-year-old man died in his sleep at an Ang Mo Kio coffee shop on Sunday in Singapore. But, surprisingly his death was not discovered for a number of hours despite one of his friends sitting at the same table. According to reports, the body was slumped at one of the tables.

Shin Min Daily News cited the deceased's friend, who only wanted to be known as Goh, as saying that had arrived at the Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 coffee shop at around 4 pm. "I thought he was sleeping and did not want to disturb him, so I sat by his side for an hour without calling out to him before buying my meal at about 5pm and going home," said Goh. "I did not expect to learn of his death just a short while later."

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received an alert about the incident at about 5.37 pm. It immediately dispatched an ambulance to the coffee shop. The paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. The police said investigations are going on to find out the exact cause of the incident.

Shin Min reported that the deceased, who went by the Mandarin nickname "Gou Di" (or Dog Brother), was a regular customer at the coffee shop. On the day of the incident, he had arrived around 1 pm.

He had told the other customers that he had taken some medicine that made him little drowsy and would take a nap. Later, one of the coffee shop's attendants noticed that the man's head had not moved for two to three hours. The attendants called an ambulance upon seeing the man's pale complexion.