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Filipino sound studio owner hangs self

24 February 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

The victim ran a sound studio in this building at 214 Des Voeux Rd Central

A Filipino musician and sound studio owner has reportedly hanged himself to death in a commercial center in Sheung Wan.

Police said the 40-year-old male victim named Elmo was found dead by his 45-year-old Filipina wife at about 6:48pm on Sunday, Feb 23.

He used a wire to hang himself with from the ceiling of a sound studio at 214 Des Veoux Road Central, the Police Public Relations branch said.
A spokeswoman said it was the wife who pulled the victim’s body down and called the police. He was taken unconscious to Queen Mary Hospital by responding officers but was certified dead on arrival.

The death was classified as “death by hanging” and that there were no suspicious circumstances and no suicide note found, she said.

A source at the Consulate who knew the victim personally said he was shocked and saddened by the news as it was unexpected.

He said Elmo, who had two young children with his wife, was apparently depressed over some personal or family problem.
Photo posted by Elmo on Facebook suggested an inner conflict

The source said the victim was an active and friendly person who was very helpful to members of the Filipino community, particularly distressed workers.

On one occasion, he personally escorted on a flight to Manila a cancer patient who had decided to go home.

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Elmo was a former driver who had worked in Hong Kong for many years until he married and became a resident, then set up his own sound studio and pub, said the source.

His Facebook account shows he was friends with several members of the Filipino community in Hong Kong, including Consul Bob Quintin.

Asked for a reaction, Consul Quintin said, “I was shocked when I heard about Elmo’s death last night. I can’t say I know him well, kasi I see him only during events where he happens to be the supplier for the sound system. Unfortunately, I have not been to his bar.

Elmo’s posts used to be about gigs at the sound studio and online radio station he used to operate, but recently shifted to rants about some personal problems and an apparent inner struggle.

On Feb. 22 he changed his profile picture with a poster saying, “I worked hard so I can give my family the life I never had.”

Consulate sources said the victim’s widow had yet to report the death to them.
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