Veteran radio DJ and musician Chris Ho died of stomach cancer on Monday (September 27) morning. “Our dear friend Chris Ho (X’Ho) passed away peacefully at around 4:37 AM on Monday, September 27.
“He has been fighting stomach cancer for two months. He is brave, firm, and cheerful to the end. He will be deeply missed,” read an article on He’s Facebook page. The post added that friends and fans who “hope to say goodbye” can do so at the Singapore Coffin House on Monday night or Tuesday to Thursday. Mr. Ho is well-known in the local arts and entertainment industry, having worked as a radio DJ, club DJ, film producer, musician, music critic and writer.
He led the band Zircon Lounge established in the 1980s. The band is known as Singapore’s new wave punk and other avant-garde genres, setting off the local alternative music scene. In the past two decades, He has released several albums, including Nite Songs in Day-Glo and the acclaimed No Ordinary Country.
Ho has also published several books, including Skew Me U Rebel, Meh?, where he expressed his wish to read “X’Ho. Age: Always 27 (the true age is nothing to anyone)” in the obituary. He is also a regular contributor to the now-defunct independent music magazine BigO.
Recently, Ho and Chris Ho hosted the weekday radio show Homestretch on Mediacorp’s GOLD 905. He has also worked at Rediffusion, Lush 99.5 and Radio Singapore International.In an Instagram post, GOLD 905 wrote: “No words can express our heartfelt sadness. GOLD905, the media and broadcasting family, and everyone who knows him will miss him very much.”Chris, you will always live in our hearts.”