S’porean rock musician and radio DJ Chris Ho has died of stomach cancer

As one of the early pioneers of rock music in Singapore, Chris Ho led a new wave band, Zircon Lounge, in the 1980s (Photos: Chris Ho / Instagram, Zircon Lounge)

SINGAPORE – Veteran local radio DJ and musician Chris Ho died of stomach cancer on Monday morning (September 27).

Also known as X’Ho, his death was shared in a Facebook group for the local rock community, “So Happy: 50 Years of Singapore Rock”. One of the many articles on Ho said: “We mourn the sudden loss of the extraordinary DJ and ancestor of the Singaporean alt-rock movement Chris Ho, who died this morning at 4:37 am of stomach cancer. . “

Ho last worked on Mediacorp’s Gold 905 radio station with his weekday radio show Homestretch With Chris Ho. The radio station also posted a tribute to Ho on their social media: “Chris was battling cancer. stomach for two months. He was brave, determined and happy until the end. No words can express our deep sorrow, and he will be sadly missed by the GOLD 905 family, Mediacorp and radio and all who knew him. Chris, you will be in our hearts forever.

Condolences from friends and fans flooded social media. Lauretta Alabons, co-owner of LAMC concert organizer, said: “This is such sad news. Chris Ho, my condolences.

Kurt Loy, co-founder of the late White Label Records, said: “I’m in shock. Good bye, sir; I will miss you and will always remember the advice and words of encouragement you gave me. Sad day. “

Ho is a renowned figure in the local arts and entertainment scene. As one of the early pioneers of rock music in Singapore, he led a new wave group, Zircon Lounge, in the 1980s. Ho has also collaborated with other artists and released music and albums at the over the past two decades. He hosted radio shows on Rediffusion, Lush 99.5 and Radio Singapore International before his GOLD 905 program.

Ho’s vigil will be held at the Ruby Room of the Singapore Casket from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday.

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