Fatal clothes hanging slip claims life of 99-year-old woman in Shau Kei Wan, centenary celebration planned


19th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) A 99-year-old woman surnamed Chan from Shau Kei Wan tragically lost her life after a suspected slip while hanging clothes. According to her daughter-in-law, Chan was in excellent physical health. On clear and sunny days, she would always engage in morning exercises and go hiking. She would leave home promptly at 6am and return around 10.30am. Additionally, she took care of her well-being by consuming nourishing soups and nutritional supplements like protein powder. Tearfully, her daughter-in-law, with red eyes, expressed, “She had no issues with her daily activities and diet. Most 60 or 70-year-olds can’t keep up with her pace.” Sadly, the family was planning to celebrate Chan’s 100th birthday next week, making her sudden and tragic demise even more heartbreaking and devastating.

According to her daughter-in-law, Chan had been living alone until her son and daughter-in-law moved in about six years ago to provide care and support. However, at the time of the incident, only Chan was at home. She had always been self-sufficient and in good health, without any known illnesses. Her daughter-in-law lamented, “People wouldn’t believe she was almost a hundred years old.” Apart from experiencing indigestion due to consuming numerous rice dumplings during the recent Dragon Boat Festival, Chan had been maintaining a normal diet in the past few days, primarily consisting of congee.

Police estimates suggest that Chan accidentally lost her balance while preparing to hang towels in her room. The daughter-in-law mentioned that they had previously suggested installing window grilles for safety, but Chan had declined, citing inconvenience. Unfortunately, this unfortunate incident occurred despite their concerns. Overwhelmed with grief, the daughter-in-law expressed her sorrow and regret that her mother-in-law, who was approaching her centenary, couldn’t have a grand celebration for her 100th birthday.

The incident took place at approximately 2pm when security personnel at Tung Chun Court, Ngan Chun House, 33 Yiu Hing Road reported that an elderly woman was found lying motionless across the street, indicating a possible fall from a height. Paramedics arrived at the scene and confirmed the 99-year-old woman, surnamed Chan, deceased. Preliminary investigations by the police suggest that Chan accidentally fell while performing household chores in her unit. No suicide note was found at the scene, and the exact cause of death will be determined after a post-mortem examination. It is believed that Chan slipped while hanging her clothes.