Malaysian singer Siti Sarah Raisuddin, 37, has died from Covid-19, just days after giving birth to a baby boy, her fourth child.
She, who was eight-month pregnant and had experienced low oxygen levels, was put into an induced coma so her baby could be delivered via surgery.
The baby was saved, though she never got to hold him, he has been named Ayash Affan, reports said.
Her husband said he made one last video call to her before her death, where she had tears running down her cheeks.
“(It’s) as if she understood what we were saying to her,” comedian Shuib Sepahtu told local reporters.
“It’s just that it will be really challenging for me to break the news to my three kids on the death of their mother.”
Besides the newborn, the couple have three older children aged six to ten.
Reports say that the entire family had tested positive for Covid-19 on July 25, after contracting it from their domestic helper.
In the days after, Siti Sarah had shared videos on her Instagram account of her children crying after getting Covid tests, which she had described as hard to watch.
News of her passing has devastated fans and other entertainment figures as they shared their grief online.
The Malaysian king and queen also gave their condolences to her family. In a Facebook post, the palace wrote: “Their Majesties also expressed their sadness over her passing and hoped that her family will be patient and resilient as they cope with the loss.”
Raisuddin shot to fame in 2007 after the release of her duet with veteran singer Jamal Abdillah.
She married Mr Sepahtu in 2011 after a brief courtship, local media said.