"He was a very very good boy", lamented his mother.
I hate it when this happens! WHy do bad things have to happen to good people. Why do people have to "go" just like this. I want to blame someone but I don't know who to holler at. It's just unfair.. it could have happened to some bad crook destined for hell -- but no, it had to happen to a young 18 year old chap, God loving and with a passion to do all things great!
I love passionate people and it seems to be that Thaddeus was one such person. What did he do to deserve this. I know I don't know him in person, but deep down inside it seems I've known him for forever. We would have gotten along. That burning zest for life and the desire to make things happen. I feel torn inside. I am very angry. Why didn't God stop this from happening.
if i never get to heaven then at least i will have known,
i had an angel here on earth that i could call my very own,
and if this world should end tomorrow girl this much i know is true,
i found my piece of heaven the day that i found you
Sometimes, you really never know when you'll take your last breath. It's times like this I know to treasure family and friends. Sometimes you only have one chance, before it slips away like silk in the wind.
Have you told your family you love them?
He had just qualified to represent Singapore in the triathlon at the South-East Asian Games in December.
But moments after crossing the finish line during a time trial yesterday, 17-year-old Thaddeus Cheong collapsed unconscious. The Raffles Junior College student was rushed to Changi General Hospital. Ninety minutes later, he was pronounced dead.
The time trial began at the Tanah Merah Country Club at 6.45am and saw 12 triathletes swim 1.5km, cycle 40km and then run 10km along Changi Coastal Road.
Thaddeus had been with the national squad for two-and-a-half years. He came in third yesterday with a time of 2hrs 9min, booking, for the first time, his ticket to the games. The qualifying time was 2hrs 12mins.
Last night, Thaddeus' mother Angeline Wee struggled to keep her composure as she told Today: "His heart had already stopped beating when we reached the hospital.
"He collapsed at the end point and there was no medical help. No one knew how to do CPR."
She added: "We're not blaming TAS (Triathlon Association of Singapore) but we hope that they should ensure that no one will ever experience the pain we're going through again."
Mr David Hoong, honorary secretary of TAS, said no CPR was administered because they were unsure what had caused the collapse and wanted to rush Thaddeus to hospital.