Wednesday (10th April) in Malaysia, friends and family of Arie Irawan memorialized the golfer at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery in Kuala Lumpur only a few hours after his body arrived on a plane from Sanya, China, where Irawan died Sunday morning of apparent natural causes.
Since Irawan was pronounced dead Sunday morning at the Sheraton Sanya Resort, police and the coroner in Sanya have investigated the cause of death of the 28-year-old who was in town to play in PGA TOUR Series-China’s Sanya Championship.
At the family’s request, the coroner performed no autopsy as the family wanted Irawan’s body to receive the rites associated with their Muslim faith as quickly as possible. However, the police and coroner performed a toxicology test, which came back clear of any drugs or toxins in Irawan’s system. The police and coroner’s final report stated that Irawan’s death was a sudden death from natural causes in his sleep at the hotel.
Irawan missed the cut at the Sanya Championship on Friday, but he remained on-site and planned on staying on Hainan Island, traveling to Haikou for this week’s Haikou Championship.
After spending Saturday evening with friends, having dinner, playing video games and visiting, Irawan returned to his room and went to sleep. Early Sunday morning, his roommate, fellow player Kevin Techakanokboon, found Irawan unresponsive in the adjacent bed. Attempts to wake him were unsuccessful. Series player Shotaro Ban performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Irawan before medical technicians arrived. The medical personnel also tried to revive him through CPR with no success.
“This has been a terrible tragedy that affects everybody associated with PGA TOUR Series-China. We had great affinity for Arie, and we will profoundly miss him. We feel for his family and wish them only the best as they grieve in the coming days and weeks,” said Greg Carlson Executive Director PGA TOUR Series-China.
Prior the start of the Haikou Championship’s first round, the tournament will observe a moment of silence in memory of Irawan. Players will also wear commemorative “ARIE” stickers throughout the week.