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Malaysia’s Cradle Fund Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nazrin Hassan passed away last week, on 14 June, after one of his mobile phones exploded while charging. He had two phones, one Blackberry and a Huawei.

According to reports, two of his smartphones were kept on charge next to his bedside and one of them exploded. While some reports claim that the fire from the explosion caught the mattress and then spread to the room, leading to the CEO’s death, others say that broken parts of the phone hit Mr. Hassan on the back of the head which led to a “trauma”.

While nothing is confirmed yet, The Malaysian Insight reports that the phone’s explosion caused a blunt trauma to the back of Hassan’s head.

“He had two phones, one Blackberry and a Huawei. We don’t know which one exploded. Who would have thought such an innocuous routine procedure is the reason three young kids will grow up without their father by their side,” Mr. Hassan’s brother-in-law said in a message on social media, according to The Malaysian Insight.

The official statement issued by Cradle Fund, said, “The post-mortem report concluded the cause of death as being a complication of blast injuries attributable to an exploding handphone that was being charged next to him.”

“Cradle has lost a passionate, innovative and humble leader and the startup community has lost an inspiring leader. His vision and love for innovation will always be at the core of what we do. Nazrin loved his work, but his greatest love was for his wife and children,” the statement added.

Cradle Fund is owned by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance that helps fund tech entrepreneurs and startups. Mr. Hassan spent over 15 years promoting early-stage funding for tech startups.

“Cradle has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Nazrin have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor,” Cradle chief operations officer Razif Aziz said.

The Malaysia police, however, have concluded that Mr. Hassan died due to the smoke inhalation after being trapped in a bedroom fire and not and not the shrapnel from the Smartphone.

He was 45 and is survived by his wife and three children

Who was Nazrin Hassan?

Nazrin was educated in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Hons) from the University of Buckingham in 1994. He was also an Executive Committee.  Between 1997 to 2000,Nazrin was an Executive in Corporate Finance in Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad (CIMB) before pursuing his new venture in running his own start-up, Zarnet, in 2001.

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