At about 8.15pm, Syed Alwi’s son, Norsham, 27, found his father’s body behind his house in Lorong Serai 21, Kampung Sungai Serai, Kuang.
According to Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Hasnan Hassan, the back door was open but there was no sign of forced entry.
However, his handphone and a microwave oven were missing.
His wallet and watch were found on his body which has been taken to the Sungai Buloh hospital.
SAC (II) Hasnan said police have classified it as sudden death pending the results of the post mortem.
According to the playwright’s former wife Norhayati Hashim, 56, Syed Alwi and Norsham had been staying in the house since 1994.
“He worked from the house,” she said, adding that there was a helper in the house previously, but she quit some time ago.
Police were at his house last night interviewing Norsham and checking the vicinity for clues.
Syed Alwi was a pioneer of Malaysian theatre and arts and was a founding member of the Malayan Arts Theatre Group and Kuala Lumpur Film Club in the 1950s and 1960s.
He was a recipient of a Fulbright grant and holds a J.D. Rockefeller Fellowship.
His works Alang Rentak Seribu and Tok Perak won him the National Literature Award (Drama) in 1972 and 1974 respectively.
In 2002, he was conferred the Anugerah Seniman Negara (National Arts Award).
ARKIB : 01/12/2008
Kematian Syed Alwi Tiada Unsur Jenayah, Kata Polis
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Dis (Bernama) -- Kematian seniman negara Datuk Syed Alwi Syed Hassan di kediamannya di Kampung Sungai Serai, Kuang, Rawang dekat sini malam tadi, tidak melibatkan sebarang unsur jenayah, kata polis.Ketua Bahagian Siasatan Jenayah Selangor SAC II Hasnan Hassan berkata bedah siasat mendapati beliau meninggal dunia akibat kecederaan kepala kerana terjatuh disebabkan sakit."Malahan meja berdekatannya turut terbalik dan ubat-ubatan beliau berselerak," katanya ketika dihubungi di sini hari ini.Ketua Polis Daerah Gombak ACP Abdul Rahim Abdullah berkata retak di bahagian kanan kepala berhampiran telinga kanan Allahyarham berpunca daripada terjatuh di atas tanah atau pasu."Lebam-lebam dan luka lecet di tubuh badan akibat gigitan serangga manakala lebam hitam bahagian muka dan lengan berpunca dari kedudukan mayat tertiarap di atas tanah yang tidak rata dan dalam masa yang lama," katanya.Syed Alwi, 78, ditemui mati di bahagian dapur rumah banglo pada 8.30 malam oleh anak bongsunya, Norsham, 27.Beliau dipercayai sudah meninggal dunia dalam tempoh 48 jam.Jenazahnya dikebumikan di Tanah Perkuburan Bukit Kiara hari ini.-- BERNAMA