Life is unpredictable, full of high and lows. Although some lows are bearable, sometimes, too many lows can be too much. And some people are left drowning without anyone noticing until it’s too late.
Malaysian artist Eison Chai (艾成) real name, Cai Ai Cheng (蔡艾成), has had a very turbulent life. Unfortunately, it may have been too much for him. The pop singer was discovered to have passed away after falling from a building in Taiwan today (17th August). It is suspected to be an apparent suicide.
The 40-year-old artist had apparently fallen from an MRT station building in the Luzhou district in New Taipei, Taiwan around 10am. Police reported receiving a report regarding the incident 10 minutes later. However, upon arriving at the site, they discovered Eison had already passed away.
According to his wife, Taiwanese actress and TV show host Hitomi Wang (王瞳), Eison had been acting off since last night. Hitomi had wanted to stay with him, however, she needed to travel to work the next morning. As such, Hitomi asked two of their friends to accompany Eison while she was at work.
The two supposedly arrived at the house in the morning. At the time, Eison had not wanted to interact with them and had apparently been hiding away in the corner of their living room. As the two felt that Eison was in a bad state, they did not want to push matters with him. However, Eison supposedly left the room suddenly and when they followed him, they were horrified to discover he had already fallen.
Although Hitomi felt Eison had been off since the morning, it may have been going on for longer. Apparently, Hitomi had publicly shared her concerns about Eison in June. At the time, Eison had been facing difficulties with his businesses, which he had attributed to the aftereffects of the pandemic. Starting 10th August, his postings on social media also showed the singer’s mood falling.
Hitomi shared that Eison had once experienced a scare when his blood pressure skyrocketed. Afraid he might breathe his last, he didn’t dare fall asleep that night. He also asked Hitomi to accompany him, saying, “Don’t sleep, I’m afraid I will not see you tomorrow.”
It was suspected that Eison might have taken his own life. However, police investigating the matter have not found a suicide note. Additionally, Eison had apparently been hoping to return to Malaysia in September. The singer claimed he wanted to return to visit his parents as he had not seen them for 20 years. He also wanted to hold another wedding for his relatives and friends as Eison and Hitomi had tied the knot in Taiwan.
The Malaysian singer born in Kuching, Sarawak found his way to Taiwan when he started his career by winning the second season of Taiwanese talent show “Super Idol”. He then continued developing his career in Taiwan and married Hitomi in 2020.
Our hearts go out to Hitomi and Eison’s family. We hope the singer will rest in peace and that his family will also find peace in his passing.