Lawmaker Adjie Massaid Dies at 43
Actor, athlete and Democratic Party lawmaker Raden Panji Chandra
Pratomo Samiaji Massaid, popularly known as Adjie Massaid, died of a sudden heart attack early Saturday morning at
Fatmawati Hospital in Jakarta. He was 43.
Considered one of the young stars of the ruling Democratic Party, Adjie was rushed to the hospital at 10
p.m., shortly after returning home from playing futsal. He told his wife, former Miss Indonesia Angelina Sondakh, also a
Democrat lawmaker, that he
felt pain in his chest.
He died at 2.30 a.m.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the news,” said Ayob, a member of Angelina’s staff, according to Antara. “He loves sports. We never thought that he would die like this.”
official, Saan Mustofa, told reporters that Adjie died of a heart
The two-term legislator was elected to the House in 2004 and reelected in 2009. His movie star looks and popularity made him a rising figure in the party. He was also the manager of the country’s Under-23 football squad.
His death sparked an outpouring of emotion on Twitter and other social media sites. “RIP Adjie Massaid. Such shocking news,” wrote @Ninazatulina, as his passing became the No. 1 trending topic in Indonesia.
“He’s young,handsome, talented, smart. Condolences,” wrote @ceria2.
Born in Jakarta on Aug. 7, 1967, Adjie
moved to the Netherlands with his family in 1975. He was a member of
the Ajax Amsterdam Football Club before returning home to Indonesia in the late
1980s. He rose to popularity after starring in an award-winning movie, “Cinta Dalam Sepotong Roti” (“Love in A Piece of Bread”),
directed by noted filmmaker Garin Nugroho.
His marriage to singer Reza
Artamevia, with whom he had two daughters, ended in divorce in 2005. Four years later Adjie married his
party colleague Angelina Sondakh and had a son, Keanu.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and
First Lady Ani Yudhoyono were scheduled to visit the family home in
Cilandak for viewing.
The body will be taken to the House of
Representatives building for an official funeral service at 10 a.m. and
will be buried at Jeruk Purut cemetery in South Jakarta at noon.