The news about Huang Wenyong's passing had readers voting it the most shocking event this year, reports The New Paper.
It beat news surrounding two couples - the out-of-nowhere hook-up between Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu, and the parting of ways between Wong Li Lin and hubby Allan Wu.
The veteran local actor, who died from lymphoma, was 60. He left behind his wife, son and daughter.
Local celebrity couple and Huang's acting peers, Hong Huifang, 53, and Zheng Geping, 49, told TNP earlier that "shocking" was certainly the word to describe what happened to Huang.
Zheng said: "We definitely did not want to see him go so early, but he went to a better place."
Huang, who was one of Singapore's pioneer batch of television drama actors, appeared in more than 100 shows since his debut in the early 1980s.
He was diagnosed with cancer in November last year, but kept it a secret from the public.