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A veteran fried-chicken cook died after fainting and falling face-first into his wok of hot oil

A wok of hot oil.
A wok of hot oil.Sod tatong/Getty Images
  • A Malaysian fried-chicken cook died when his face fell into a wok of hot oil, per local media.

  • Liu Youcai, 58, was cooking a chicken dish when he fainted, per China Press.

  • His assistant and several other hawkers pulled him to safety, but he died in hospital an hour later.

A fried-chicken cook in Malaysia died on Tuesday after he fell face-first into a wok filled with hot oil, local media reported.

Liu Youcai, 58, was cooking a chicken chop at around 1 p.m. at his stall in the town of Kangsar when he suddenly collapsed, reported the Malaysian outlet China Press.

While unconscious, Liu's face plunged into his wok. Liu's assistant called for help, and with the aid of other hawkers at the food market, managed to rescue Liu, China Press reported.

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Liu was still breathing at the time, and was brought to the Kuala Kangsar hospital via ambulance. But he was pronounced dead at there at 2.21 p.m., per China Press.

A local funeral company, Chee Hong Funeral Management Services, posted details of a service for Liu, along with photos of him:

China Press published footage of the scene after the accident, showing emergency responders attending to Liu.

Liu's brother, Liu Youming, told Malaysian outlet Sinchew News that an autopsy report listed the cause of death as suffocation and second-degree burns from inhaling smoke.

Liu had been diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol before his death, Liu Youming told Sinchew News.

People have been posting social-media tributes to Liu, whom they nicknamed "Older Brother Cai."

"I will always remember the taste of your chicken rice, thank you for bringing me such a delicious chicken rice, and you still gave it to me at a cheap price," one person wrote.

Liu's funeral was on Thursday at 11 a.m., according to the funeral company.

A similar incident occurred in 2021, when a 25-year-old chef in Iraq fell into a large vat of chicken soup he was preparing for a wedding.

He suffered third-degree burns on his body, and died five days later.

Read the original article on Insider