Tony Spider found dead in Luncai Emas studio

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30 Jun – Tony Iskandar, the bassist of famous rock band Spider, has recently passed away.

The musician was revealed to have breathed his last in his room at 1am on 30 June at the recording studio of Luncai Emas in Sungai Buloh, which belongs to award-winning singer-songwriter, Datuk M. Nasir.

According to Luncai Emas' Production Manager, Mohd Khirin Omar, his body was found by fellow member Nafie, who arrived at the studio to get some belongings.

"Tony had been staying in the studio for three years. Datuk M. Nasir provided him a room there so that he could make music. It was a coincidence that Nafie came around to pick up some stuff. When he knocked on the door and got no answer, he used the spare key and found Tony on the sofa, no longer breathing," he said.

Tony stayed at the studio to focus on music
Tony stayed at the studio to focus on music
Tony (left) with Spider bandmates Tam, Yem and Nafie in 1998 .
Tony (left) with Spider bandmates Tam, Yem and Nafie in 1998 .

Nafie then called the ambulance, and Tony was pronounced dead on the scene and had been so for four hours prior to his body being found.

No cause of death has been determined yet, though it is noted that Tony had a history of chronic diabetes.

Tony was previously married, but was divorced in 2010. No children were born from the marriage. He founded Spider alongside vocalist Tam and lead guitarist Nafie among others, but left the band in 2012 due to his health challenges and to focus on becoming a full-fledged composer.

He was 51.

Tony posted this old photo of Spider just less than a week ago on his social media
Tony posted this old photo of Spider just less than a week ago on his social media
Another photo that Tony posted earlier this year
Another photo that Tony posted earlier this year

(Photo Source: Tony Iskandar Instagram)

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