Aloysius Pang

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Aloysius Pang
Native name
冯伟衷
Born
Aloysius Pang Wei Chong (冯伟忠)

(1990-08-24)August 24, 1990
DiedJanuary 24, 2019(2019-01-24) (aged 28)
ResidenceSingapore
Musical career
OriginSingapore
Associated acts8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill
Dasmond Koh
Kimberly Chia
Xu Bin
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese馮偉衷
Simplified Chinese冯伟衷
Birth name
Traditional Chinese馮偉忠
Simplified Chinese冯伟忠

Aloysius Pang (Chinese: 冯伟衷; pinyin: Féng Wěizhōng; 24 August 1990 – 24 January 2019) was a Singaporean actor managed under NoonTalk Media. He died on 24 January 2019 at 1.45am NZDT (23 January 2019 at 8:45pm SST)[1] due to serious crush injuries sustained from a military accident while on Operationally Ready National Service reservist training in the Singapore Army, Singapore Armed Forces aged 28.

Early life and career[edit]

Pang was born in Singapore on 24 August 1990. He had two elder brothers, Jefferson and Kenny.[2] He started acting at the age of nine after he joined an acting class organised by MediaCorp, and starred in children dramas such as My Teacher, My Buddy (1999), Bukit Ho Swee (2002), The Adventures of BBT (2002), A Child's Hope (Season 1, 2003; Season 2, 2004), and I Love My Home (2004). Growing up with the Chinese name of 冯伟忠, Pang later changed the last character of his Chinese name from 忠 to 衷 to reference the old shows he did as child actor, while retaining its pronunciation. He was nominated for his role as Ding Wei Liang in A Child's Hope in Star Awards 2003 Young Talent Award in Star Awards 2003.[3] He left acting in 2004 after being repeatedly bullied;[4] in a 2015 interview he said he'd "told [MediaCorp] to take my file out and never call [him] again".[5]

In 2012, Pang made his comeback in the lead role of the film Timeless Love, which was directed by Lim Koong Hwee and Singaporean celebrity Dasmond Koh. Pang made his directorial debut in 2014 by directing the music video of Singapore-based singer Gavin Teo's I Understand (我懂了),[6] which also starred Xu Bin and Kimberly Chia.[7]

In 2014, he was named as one of the 8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill and went on to win the Best Newcomer prize at the Star Awards 2015. Pang released his first single, "Black Tears" (黑色眼泪) in 2015. It was also announced that Pang would star in Singapore's first cosplay-themed movie, Young & Fabulous. Together with Xu Bin, he also took part in an online variety show produced by NoonTalk Media, called Freshmen (来吧!上课啦!).[citation needed]

From Star Awards 2013 to Star Awards 2016, he was nominated for Favourite Male Character. In Star Awards 2015, he was awarded the Best Newcomer and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor & Rocket. In Star Awards 2016, he was awarded for Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes. In 2016, he joined Dasmond Koh 's company called Frozenage with Xu Bin.[citation needed]

Pang has gotten 1 out of 10 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes from 2016 respectively.

Pang was known for setting aside 10 per cent of his pay to thank and bless the production people on set.[8]

On 7 April 2017, in an interview with Mediacorp's Toggle, Pang said that he would not renew his contract with Mediacorp in order to focus on a business he had set up with his brother. The company was named Kairos Green and focused on wood plastic composite.[9]

His most recent project in 2018 was the Original Toggle romance-mystery series From Beijing to Moscow where he made a two-month road trip to China, Mongolia and Russia with Felicia Chin, River Huang and Jojo Goh. It premiered on Toggle in June 2019.[3]

He was to start shooting in February 2019 and take on his first lead role in the upcoming Channel 8 romantic drama My One In a Million, alongside long-time onscreen partner Carrie Wong before his untimely death.[10] His role was given to Beijing-based local actor Lawrence Wong.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Education[edit]

Pang studied in Pei Chun Public School[13] and Yuying Secondary School.[14] In 2012, he graduated from Singapore Institute of Management University with a diploma in management studies.[15][16]

Death[edit]

On 19 January 2019, while taking part in a live-firing exercise at Waiouru Training Area in New Zealand as an Operationally Ready National Serviceman, Pang entered the cabin of a Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH) to troubleshoot a fault. At 7.05 pm NZDT (2.05 pm SST),[17] to enable diagnosis of the fault, the barrel of the howitzer was automatically lowered to neutral position within the cabin. Pang was in the path of the receding barrel and sustained severe crush injuries to his chest and abdomen as a result.[18]

Pang was evacuated by helicopter to the Waiouru Camp Medical Centre and then to Waikato Hospital, where he had abdominal surgery.[17] Despite further surgery and initially being conscious, his condition later deteriorated and he was placed on life support for his heart, lungs and kidneys.[19] He died at the hospital on 24 January 2019 at 1.45 am (NZDT UTC+13) (23 January 2019 8.45 pm SST UTC+8). According to New Zealand laws before the body repatriated back to Singapore, a post-mortem was to be performed, with permissions from the family,[20] but it did not proceed as Pang's family did not permit it.[21]

Pang's body was finally repatriated on 25 January 2019.[22] A wake began on the morning of 26 January. Initially limited to family and relatives, it was opened to the public from 12pm till 27 January, 12pm. Thousands came to paid their respects, including close friends, media artistes, politicians and fans.[22][23][24] Pang was accorded a military funeral later on 27 January and his casket was moved to the Mandai Crematorium.[25] He was cremated in the evening.[26] His ashes were scattered into the sea off the island of Pulau Ubin the following day. Pang is survived by his parents and two brothers.[27]

Impact and aftermath[edit]

Pang was the first soldier to be injured due to gun lowering while operating the SSPH as claimed by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) in a media release clarifying the safety record of the artillery vehicle.[28] His death sparked renewed concerns about the accountability for and safety of military training, and prompted other national servicemen to share their experiences in the military online.[23][29][30] After Pang's death, MINDEF called for a safety timeout for the Army and halted all training, including strenuous physical exercise, such as jogging, route marches and the Individual Physical Proficiency Test, pending safety reviews.[31]

On 25 January 2019, MINDEF set up a Committee of Inquiry (COI) to investigate the death of Pang.[32]

A video tribute to Pang was aired on Channel 8 on 31 January 2019.[7] On 14 April 2019, a special memoriam was given during the 2019 Star Awards ceremony, where performers Xu Bin, Timothee Yap, Zong Zijie and Gavin Teo performed the song Voices From My Heart 小人物的心声 while montages of Pang were shown. However the Honorary TV Award, a posthumous award for artistes who contributed significantly to the industry, was not presented.[33]

On 6 May 2019, the findings from the COI was presented in the Singapore Parliament by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.[34] It was found that the primary issue was that the gun barrel was lowered without ensuring that everyone was in a safe position. There was no evidence indicating foul play or deliberate acts found. At the time of accident, Pang was together with a NSMan gun commander, 3SG(NS) Hubert Wah, aged 31 and a Military Expert technician, ME2 Ivan Teo, aged 35.[35] Pang did not move away from the gun barrel as required in the operating procedures, claiming that he would not be hit. Both Wah and Teo miscalculated the space in the cabin and the time needed for the barrel to be lowered, and Wah, proceed to lower the gun barrel. After the gun barrel has been lowered for a time, Pang began to move away however it was too late and was caught between the end of the barrel and the top of the cabin above him. Both Wah and Teo tried to stop the barrel from lowering though the main screen screen and manually resisting the motion of the barrel, instead of hitting the emergency stop buttons located at their positions in the howitzer. The COI stated the safety lapses were preventable if the standard operating procedures were followed. The External Review Panel on SAF Safety has also recommended to SAF to do more to improve on the 'weak' safety culture.[36]

On 31 July 2019, Teo and Wah were charged under the Singapore Armed Forces Act and the Penal Code in a military court for causing death under rash and/or negligent acts and for disobeying military general orders. The proceedings would resume four weeks later, at the end of August 2019.[35]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album Notes
2015 Black Tears 黑色眼泪[37] non-album single Available on Spotify

Drama OST[edit]

Year Drama Title Song Title Other Singer(s) Notes
2015 Life - Fear Not
人生无所谓
一样 Carrie Wong
黄思恬
Sub-theme Song
插曲

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2018 Oh! Squints III Yang Dao Ren
2016 Young & Fabulous
最佳伙扮
Royston Chio
2013 Everybody's Business
人人有份
Meng
2013 Oh! Squints II Yang Dao Ren
2012 Timeless Love
那个夏天
Morgan

TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 From Beijing to Moscow
北京到莫斯科
Kenneth
  • Toggle original series.
  • Posthumous release.
  • 1/2 of the Male Leads 两大男主角之一
2018 Follow Your Heart
设计爱情
N/A
  • Noontalk Media Production
  • Pairs up with Angel Lim
  • 1/2 of the Male Leads 两大男主角之一
29 February
229 明天见
Ye Zhixin
叶知新
Love At Cavenagh Bridge
加文纳桥的约定
Jackie
杰奇
  • Toggle Original Series
  • Pairs up with Kimberly Chia
  • Cameo Appearance
Ghost AR Shawn Koh
  • Toggle Original Series
  • Pairs up with He Ying Ying
  • 1st Male Lead 第一男主角
2017 My Friends From Afar
知星人
Chen Xianglin
陈祥林
My Alien Girlfriend
我的知星女友
  • Cameo Appearance
  • Siblings with Carrie Wong
  • Toggle Original Series
Dream Coder
梦想程式
He Jianming
何建明
2016 You Can Be an Angel 2
你也可以是天使2
Li Longhua
李龙华
The Gentlemen
来自水星的男人
Zhang Naiyi
张乃祎
The Truth Seekers
真探
Jiang Xiaodong
江小洞
  • Cameo Appearance
My First School
快乐第一班
Li Yonghui
李泳辉
  • Pairs up with Julie Tan
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Life - Fear Not
人生无所畏
Zhuang Daoren
庄道仁
2015 Hand In Hand
手牵手
Hong Meizhi
洪美志
The Journey: Our Homeland
信约:我们的家园
Hong Guo'an
洪国安
  • Cameo Appearance
118 Himself
  • Cameo Appearance
Super Senior
长辈甜心
Dong Haoyuan
董浩元
  • Pairs up with Jayley Woo
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Tiger Mum
虎妈来了
Chen Haolian
陈浩廉
Love?
限量爱情
Aloysius
Good Luck
百岁大吉
Lin Jiayuan
林家元
  • Supporting Role 男配角
You Can Be an Angel Too
你也可以是天使
Li Longhua
李龙华
  • Supporting Role 男配角
2014 Mystic Whispers
Zhiguang
  • Cameo Appearance
  • Toggle Original Series
Against The Tide
逆潮
Zhao Keji
赵克己
  • Cameo Appearance
World at Your Feet
球在你脚下
Fang Yangming
方扬名
Served H.O.T.
烧。卖
He Tailong
何泰龙
  • Pairs up with Ya Hui
  • 1/3 of the Male Leads 三大男主角之一
2013 I'm in Charge
小子当家
Wang Jiahao
王家豪
  • Pairs up with Elizabeth Lee
  • 1st Male Lead 第一男主角
C.L.I.F. 2
警徽天职2
Jiang Yongzhe
江永哲
  • Supporting Role 男配角
It's a Wonderful Life
好运到
Young Hao Huihuang
年轻郝辉煌
  • Younger version of Ha Yu
  • Siblings with Xu Bin
  • Cameo Appearance
2012 It Takes Two
对对碰
Hao Zhijie
郝志杰
  • Pairs up with Kimberly Chia
  • Siblings with Shine Koh and Lyn Oh
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Poetic Justice
微笑正义
Derek
  • Cameo Appearance
2004 I Love My Home
我爱我家
Xu Lizhong
许立忠
A Child's Hope 2
孩有明天2
Tang Yongjun
唐勇俊
2003 A Child's Hope
孩有明天
Ding Weiliang
丁伟良
2002 The Adventures of BBT
BBT的奇妙假期
Superglue
万能胶
Bukit Ho Swee
河水山
Ah Cai
阿财
2001 In Pursuit of Peace
何日军再来
Ah Dai
阿呆
1999 My Teacher, My Buddy
小飞人
Pang Dayu
庞大禹

Telemovie[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Two Boys and a Mermaid Arron

Songs[edit]

Year English title Mandarin title
2015 MediaCorp Music Lunar New Year Album 15 新传媒群星金羊添吉祥
2016 MediaCorp Music Lunar New Year Album 16 新传媒群星金猴添喜庆

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result
2003 Star Awards 2003 Young Talent Award A Child's Hope
(as Ding Weiliang)
Nominated
2013 Star Awards 2013 Favourite Male Character It Takes Two
(as Hao Zhijie)
Nominated
2014 Star Awards 2014 Favourite Male Character I'm In Charge
(as Wang Jiahao)
Nominated
2015 Star Awards 2015 Favourite Male Character World At Your Feet
(as Fang Yangming)
Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Against The Tide
(as Zhao Keji)
Nominated
Rocket Award Nominated
Best Newcomer N/A Won
Toggle Outstanding Duke Award N/A Nominated
2016 Star Awards 2016 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Won
Toggle Most Beloved Celebrity BFF award (With Xu Bin) N/A Nominated
2018 Star Awards 2018 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Nominated

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