Family of DJ father who died before the crowd at Sydney Club warns others of a silent killer.


Broken friends and family honored a popular DJ who died performing in a crowded pub.

Sydney father Alf Nguyen, 42, collapsed on July 13 at the Tokyo Sing Song Club in Newtown’s Marlborough Hotel.

An autopsy revealed that he was in an advanced stage of ischemic heart disease, known as the “silent killer” due to the absence of symptoms.

His grieving family says that Alf, known as DJ A.L.F, was fit and healthy before his sudden death.

But an autopsy revealed that Mr. Nguyen probably lived with the disease a few years before his death.

The popular DJ, who came to Australia as a 10-year-old refugee, leaves behind Mrs. Rita McCulloch and his five-year-old son Chauncey.

Ms McCulloch went to the social media to comment on the tragic loss of her husband, who said she had difficulty dealing with it.

I am deaf and cannot bear to close my eyes, but I want everyone to know that I read the love that lifts me up,” she wrote two days after her husband’s death.

Many thanks for the most beautiful 21 years together Alf Nguyen. Words cannot describe my painful heart.

A friend of Mr Nguyen and his colleague DJ Luke Smith was on stage with him when he died, saying that his friend seemed fit and healthy.

He played right in front of me and grabbed his right shoulder and just fell down,” Mr Smith told the release.

It was quite immediate and sudden. Alf had no idea that he had this heart disease, there were no symptoms. He didn’t understand it and neither did his wife.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Australia according to the Bureau of Statistics and Mr Smith said the message from the DJ’s friends and family was clear.

This is the number one killer in Australia and I didn’t even know it. So the point is that it is really widespread in society and people need to make sure they are aware of the risks and see a doctor about it,” he said.

A GoFundMe site has been set up to help Mr Nguyen’s family get back on their feet after his death.


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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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