|One of the popular photo of Datuk David Choong Ewe Leong|
GEORGE TOWN: Three-time All-England doubles champion and former politician Datuk David Choong Ewe Leong died in his home in Jalan Pantai Molek off Jalan Tanjung Tokong here.
His brother Datuk Eddy Choong, 81, whom he partnered to win consecutive badminton titles from 1951, said David died at 6.30am yesterday after being in a coma for nine years following a stroke.
“The whole family is saddened by his death, but we have to accept it as God's will,” Eddy said.
“We went through many hardships in life, such as the Japanese occupation. My brother was an intelligent person.
“Even in badminton, he was the brains while I was the brawn.”
Eddy recalled the pain each time he visited his brother in recent years. “It really hurt that he could not recognise me.”
David leaves behind three sons and a daughter.
The funeral is expected to take place in Pulau Tikus at 2pm tomorrow.
David also shared the All-England mixed doubles crown with June White Timperly in 1953. He was inducted into the International Badminton Hall of Fame in 1998.