Malaysian golfer Irawan found dead in hotel room aged 28

Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan has been found dead in his hotel room at the age of 28, the PGA Tour has confirmed.

Irawan was playing the PGA Tour Series-China's Sanya Championship, where he missed the cut but remained at the Sheraton Sanya Resort across from Yalong Bay Golf Club.

A PGA Tour statement said early indications were that his death was a result of natural causes, though the coroner had not completed his report.

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 08: Arie Irawan of Malaysia plays a shot during practice for the Resorts World Manila Masters at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club on November 8, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 25: Arie Irawan of Malaysia pictured during practice round ahead of Indonesia Open 2017 at Pondok Indah Golf Course on October 25, 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Nasrul Haq/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
MACAU - OCTOBER 22: Arie Irawan of Malaysia pictured during round four of the Macao Open at Macau Golf and Country Club on October 22, 2017 in Macau, Macau. (Photo by Arep Kulal/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 16: Arie Irawan of Malaysia pictured during the pro-am ahead of the 2017 Thailand Open at the Thai Country Club on May 16, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
CORRECTION - Arie Irawan of Malaysia tees off during the first round of the 2017 Maybank Malaysia Championship golf tournament at Saujana Golf and Country Club outside Kuala Lumpur on February 9, 2017. / AFP / MOHD RASFAN / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by MOHD RASFAN has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [outside Kuala Lumpur] instead of [in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Arie Irawan of Malaysia pictured during Day One of the Maybank Championship Malaysia at Saujana Golf and Country Club on February 9, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Arep Kulal/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
HONG KONG - NOVEMBER 4: Ahmadfauzi Muhammad arie irawan of Malaysia in action during the Clearwater Bay Open as part of the PGA Tour China at the The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club on 04 November 2016 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 30: Arie Irawan of Malaysia plays a shot during round two of the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on October 30, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Khalid Redza/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - OCTOBER 06: Arie Irawan plays a shot during practice ahead of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship at Linkou lnternational Golf and Country Club on October 6, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
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"This is just a terrible tragedy that affects all of us who are part of a very tight-knit family here in China," said PGA TOUR Series-China executive director Greg Carlson.

"Arie played with us in 2018, his first full year on our Tour, and I know he was excited about this season as he continued his professional golf pursuits.

"We are incredibly saddened by this news, and we extend our sincere condolences to his wife and family."

Tournament officials cancelled the final round out of respect to Irawan, with 54-hole leader Trevor Sluman declared the champion.

The Asian Tour Tweeted: "The Asian Tour is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Arie Irawan, who was one of Malaysia's and the region's most promising talents.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Arie during this difficult period."

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