PETALING JAYA: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has expressed his condolences over the passing of former News Straits Times chief news editor, Tony Francis.
In a statement from the palace, the King extended his sympathies and prayers to Francis’ family.
“His Majesty recognises the immense contribution by this journalist to the media fraternity and to the nation and appreciates Francis’ passion, dedication and talent.
“His Majesty pays tribute to the veteran newsman who loved sports, journalism and above all, telling a story,” said the statement.
Francis died at his home in Bangsar at 8.15am today. He was 73.
He died from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic lung disease where the tissue in the lungs becomes scarred and stiffens over time.
Francis’ career in journalism spanned nearly 50 years, in which he covered two Olympics, three World Cups, and various international events such as the Thomas Cup, SEA Games and Asian games.
In 2015, he was inducted into the Olympic Council of Malaysia’s Hall of Fame for his contribution to sports through journalism.
Francis is survived by his wife, Chan Cheng Tuan, daughter, Kylie and son, Mark. – FMT