The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cradle Fund, Nazrin Hassan today died after his smartphone exploded while charging. Hassan was using BlackBerry and Huawei smartphones but it’s not clear which one them exploded as the blast led to a fire on the mattress in the room. The impact of the blast was so massive that the entire mattress caught fire and then the rest of the room.
However, the police have claimed that the death of the CEO was due to smoke inhalation from the fire not the shrapnel from the phone blast.
Nazrin was a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) from the University of Buckingham in 1994. He was an Executive Committee member of the United Kingdom Executive Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC).
Nazrin was the former Council Member of Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia, an organisation that claims to represent all technology entrepreneurs in Malaysia, where he lobbied for a development fund to decrease the funding gap in the early stages.
This effort led to the introduction of the Cradle Investment Programme in June 2003. A fund was allocated of RM100 million from the Malaysian Government, as part of the economic stimulus package.
According to Nazrin’s brother-in-law, the death was caused not by inhalation of smoke but parts of smartphone that hit Hassan on the back of the head. After this, the blast led to a fire in the bedroom, but by that time Nazrin was already dead.
However, according to the official statement issued by Cradle Fund,”The post-mortem report concluded the cause of death as being blast injuries after his smartphone that was being charged next to him exploded.
Recently, in a Mumbai restaurant, a phone inside a man’s pocket started fuming and exploded after a few seconds. The man had a narrow escape along with others present in the restaurant.