HONG KONG woman Angel Mou Pui-peng was to be hanged as scheduled this morning in Singapore.
Changi Prison authorities were said to have told a family friend late last night that they had received instructions to execute her at dawn.
But Mou's family were last night still hoping for word that a last-ditch reprieve would be granted.
Mou, who was granted a surprise Christmas reprieve, was sentenced to death for drug trafficking.
Her sister filed an appeal with President Ong Teng Cheong this week pleading for more time.
The sister has failed to find new evidence to prove Mou's innocence, despite help from local police. She has won an audience with a prisoner thought to be involved in the case but discovered at the last minute he knew too little to help.
But the sister is hoping to find another man, a syndicate member, to prove Mou's innocence. She believes if she had more time, Sia Khim-meng, recently released from prison and deported to China, could be found. While the chance of another reprieve is remote, a family friend said they were still hoping for a miracle.
Mou was said to be 'emotionally and spiritually prepared', and 'very composed' as she received visitors yesterday.
Her 58-year-old mother and nine-year-old son, who were in Singapore three weeks ago to pay their final visits, have not made another trip.