NANFA-- News: Malaysian man hangs himself over deaths of prized fish

Sajjad Lateef (
Tue, 30 Dec 2003 07:30:07 -0800 (PST)

Malaysian man hangs himself over deaths of prized fish

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A 23-year-old Malaysian man hanged himself
following the deaths of his three prized flowerhorn fish.

Ching Kin Fei's body was found at home by his grandparents on Monday
after they returned from work, the Star said Tuesday.

His grandmother, Chiu Chee Yin, 74, said Ching had not been his usual
self ever since his three pets died days earlier.

She said he had confided he was depressed and heartbroken over the
death of his fish.

"Ching loved the fish very much and spent a lot of time caring for
them over the past one year," Chiu was quoted as saying.

"Ever since the fish died, he kept to himself and seldom ate of
talked much."

The flowerhorn is an odd-looking fish with a hump on its forehead and
patterns on its body resembling Chinese letters. Keeping the fish is
popular in Malaysia and other parts of Asia, with some believing they
can bring wealth and good luck.


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