38-year-old Vanessa Yeap, a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight attendant, was found dead in her hotel room in San Francisco on Tuesday night (31st January).
According to media reports, the Penang-born senior stewardess has been working with SIA for 16 years. She departed Singapore last Saturday (28th January) to San Francisco with a stopover in Hong Kong on SIA flight SQ2.
A stewardess, who was not on the same flight as Yeap, told The Straits Times that Yeap was not feeling well when she arrived in San Francisco last Saturday.
On Tuesday night, just hours before Yeap was scheduled to return to Singapore, her colleagues went to her room to check on her as she did not appear in the lobby. They broke into her room, where they found her lifeless.
In a statement, SIA said:
“We can confirm with regret that one of our female cabin crew was found deceased in her hotel room in San Francisco on 1st February (Singapore time). Our immediate priority is to provide the necessary assistance to the family of the crew member. As the case is under the investigation of the local authorities, we are unable to share any further details.
“The crew member operated to SFO (San Francisco) on flight SQ2 on 28th January and was due to have operated out from SFO on SQ1 on 1st February.”
Her elder brother, Eric Yeap, arrived in San Francisco at around 11pm (Singapore time) last night (Thursday, 2nd February) to claim her remains. In a Facebook post, he wrote, “Ko Ko (elder brother) love you always.”
Rest in peace, Vanessa Yeap. Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.