Elderly man leaps to his death after attacking his wife, 66, say police

The wife was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and is in a critical condition. Photo: May Tse

Woman in critical condition after reportedly being struck on the head with a hard object by her husband, who then committed suicide.

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 7:33pm

Missing Civic Party activist Eric Tsui found hanged; many grieve his death

Claudia Mo (left) weeps after the discovery of Eric Tsui's body. Photo: SCMP

The 26-year-old vice-chairman of the Civic Party's Kowloon East branch was found hanged in Tai Po yesterday, five days after he went missing.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:28am

Swiss authorities probe Filipino 'nurse' over Facebook corpse pictures

A Swiss tabloid newspaper identified this woman as the Filipino wife of a Swiss man.

Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation after an alleged care-home nurse posted pictures of herself on Facebook sitting next to the corpse of an old woman.

3 Mar 2013 - 6:30am

Coming clean on growing number of lonely deaths in South Korea

As more South Koreans are dying in solitude, the business to clean up after the deceased is experiencing rapid growth. Photo: Reuters

In a country where the unravelling of Confucian traditions means that many elderly people are no longer cared for by family, more South Koreans are dying in solitude, after either taking their own lives or wasting away from neglect. Small companies provide services such as cleaning and sterilising a room where someone died and decomposed before they were detected. They can also dispose and incinerate the deceased's possessions.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:22am

Spooked cabbie jailed for 20 months over death

Spooked cabbie jailed for 20 months over death

A taxi driver with a long record of dangerous driving was sentenced to 20 months in jail yesterday, after he let a ghost story on the radio distract him enough to crash his cab, killing a passenger.

2 Feb 2013 - 5:00am

Between the Lines: Coming to terms with death is not child's play

'The Invisible String' by Patrice Karst and Geoff Stevenson

While happily belting out Christmas songs and wrapping gifts, I felt bouts of sadness from following the news in the wake of the Newtown shooting, and the inquiry into the Lamma ferry disaster.

13 Jan 2013 - 3:47pm

Are we ready for longer lives … and more years of bad health?

Are we ready for longer lives … and more years of bad health? Photo: Nora Tam

Last week, The Lancet medical journal published a series on the global burden of disease. One paper was an analysis of global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010. This was the result of the efforts of 500 authors from 50 countries, and I am pleased to have been part of it.

19 Dec 2012 - 2:41am

Luo Diandian campaigns for death with dignity

Luo Diandian

Most mainlanders spare no effort to obtain the best medical treatment available to extend the lives of loved ones in the terminal stage of an illness, but 61-year-old Luo Diandian is calling for a different approach: let loved ones die with dignity rather than draw out their suffering.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:41am 1 comment

For Tang Siu-pun, a small measure of happiness after years of despair

Tang Siu-pun at hospital in 2007. Photo: Dustin Shum

After an accident left him paralysed in his 20s, Tang Siu-pun sank into despair and thought constantly about taking his own life. But in his unsuccessful battle for the legalisation of euthanasia, he found some measure of purpose in living, he once said, and his courage became an inspiration to Hongkongers.

10 Dec 2012 - 7:15am

British police contact Australian police over hoax

A bunch of flowers is left outside the nurses accommodation block by colleagues near the King Edward VII hospital in central London on Saturday in memory of nurse Jacintha Saldanha who was found dead the previous day. Photo: AFP

British police say they have contacted Australian authorities about a possible investigation into an Australian radio station’s hoax call to a UK hospital.

The callers impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and received confidential details about the former Kate Middleton’s medical information. The call was recorded and broadcast.

6 May 2015 - 4:49pm

Royal hoax presenters off show until further notice: station

Royal hoax presenters off show until further notice: station

Two Australian radio presenters who duped a nurse at the hospital which treated Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine will not return “until further notice”, their station said Saturday after the woman was found dead.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:45am

Nurse in Kate royal hoax call found dead: hospital

The King Edward VII hospital

A nurse at the hospital which treated Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine was found dead on Friday, days after being duped by a hoax call from an Australian radio station, the hospital said.

The private King Edward VII hospital named the nurse as Jacintha Saldanha, who had worked there for four years, and said it had learned of her “tragic death” with “very deep sadness.”

6 May 2015 - 4:49pm

Mystery surrounds death of milk whistleblower Jiang Weisuo

Mystery surrounded the violent death of a prominent dairy industry whistleblower, after media reports questioned the official explanation which suggested his wife was to blame.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:53am

Afghan inside attack puts US troop deaths at 2,000

US and Afghan troops in Helmund province. A Nato soldier and a civilian contractor were killed in a suspected insider attack in eastern Afghanistan. Photo: AP

An apparent insider attack by Afghan forces has killed a US service member and a foreign civilian contractor with Nato, officials said on Sunday. The attack – the latest in a string of strikes by Afghan allies on international troops – marked the 2,000th US troop death in Afghanistan over the long-running conflict.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Popular soccer commentator Tao Wei found dead in hotel room

A popular state television soccer commentator has been found dead in a hotel room in Jinan, Shandong .

The body of Tao Wei, 46, was found on Monday morning after he failed to meet friends for breakfast, Jinan police said on their microblog. They said there was no evidence of homicide and it had been ruled a case of "sudden death".

29 Aug 2012 - 4:55am