From Albirex Niigata to Balestier Khalsa, very few would not recognise Christina Rodrigues Seah.
She was often seen either in the stands or in more recent years, with a camera along the sidelines when matches were played.
She made it a point to suss out opportunities surrounding friendly matches, and would even volunteer her time for these if and when they actually happen .
Because she was a true fan.
Unfortunately, Seah’s life was prematurely cut short when she passed away on 12 January, shocking friends and members of the football fraternity alike.
Her boyfriend – Jeremy Neubronner posted about how she had been battling heart problems and making numerous visits to the hospital ever since she received her second vaccination.
A photo which appeared to be a doctor’s diagnosis was also posted, which is now being circulated online.
In July, Seah had put up a lengthy post on her Facebook page which gave indications about her well-being.
Even when she was down, she did what she could to share her innermost thoughts about the local game.
REACTIONS FROM FANS
If there was ever an award for Singapore’s most loyal football fans, Seah would definitely qualify.
Reactions from the community were heartfelt.
The Singapore football family mourns for Christina Rodrigues Seah.
Covid-19 vaccine not 'direct cause' of heart condition that led to woman's death, say 2 hospitals that treated her
SINGAPORE — Covid-19 vaccination administered in April last year was not the direct cause of a woman's heart condition that led to her death earlier this month, the National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) and the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) said on Thursday (Jan 27).
Their joint statement on Facebook was in response to social media posts about the death of a female heart patient nine months after her second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The woman's age was not stated.
“We are saddened by her passing and would like to extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family,” said the statement.
“We seek the public’s understanding to avoid speculation or spreading of rumours that may add to the family’s grief during this difficult time.”
They said that the case was referred to the coroner and investigations showed that the cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, a form of disease of the heart muscle.
While the statement did not name the woman, some social media users have linked the death of football photographer Christina Rodrigues Seah to the Covid-19 vaccine. TODAY understands the hospitals' statements refers to Seah and that she was 39.
In a widely shared screenshot of a post by Facebook user Neubronner Jeremy, who identified himself as her boyfriend, he wrote that Seah started getting heart palpitations sometime after she got her second jab mid-last year.
“It gone (sic) downhill from there,” he wrote.
The post was accompanied by a picture of a letter purporting to be from a doctor who wrote that Seah is suspected to have had Covid-19 vaccine side effects to the heart. The letter advises using an alternative vaccine for the booster shot.
Seah died on Jan 12 at home.
Laying out a timeline of events, NHCS and NUHCS said that the woman had completed her first two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine last April and did not report feeling unwell or any allergic reaction.
She was admitted to NUHCS in July 2021 to manage a heart condition.