The Jakarta Post
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho passed away at 49 years old in Guangzhou, China, at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday after battling stage 4 lung cancer for the past two years.
His death was first announced by the agency's disaster risk reduction directorate on its official Twitter account @PRB_BNPB on Sunday.
Telah meninggal dunia Bapak @Sutopo_PN , Minggu, 07 July 2019, sekitar pukul 02.00 waktu Guangzhou/pukul 01.00 WIB. Mohon doanya untuk beliau.— Direktorat PRB BNPB (Disaster Risk Reduction) (@PRB_BNPB) 6 Juli 2019
"Bapak Sutopo Purwo Nugroho passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at around 2 a.m. Guangzhou time or 1 a.m. Indonesia time. We ask for your prayers for him," the tweet says.
The news was also confirmed by his eldest son, Ivanka Rizaldy, through his Instagram account @ivanka_rizaldy on Sunday.
Innalilahi wainna ilaihiroji’un Semua yang bernyawa hanyalah titipan dari Allah Yang Maha Kuasa. Malam ini telah berpulang ke Rahmatullah seorang pahlawan dan ayahanda tercinta saya, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho saat menjalani pengobatan di Guangzhou, Cina. Bagi semua sahabat dan keluarga mohon sebesar-besarnya untuk memaafkan semua kesalahan Pak Sutopo sengaja maupun tidak sengaja. Mari mendoakan Almarhum Pak Sutopo agar selalu diterima disisi Nya dan diterima amal ibadahnya. Aamiin. Terimakasih atas semua yang kau berikan Pah, aku kan selalu mendoakan mu.
"Tonight, a hero and my beloved father, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, has returned to God while undergoing treatment in Guangzhou, China. To all friends and family, we ask for your forgiveness and prayers for Pak Sutopo. Thank you for everything that you have given me Pa, I will always pray for you," he wrote, alongside a family portrait.
Sutopo departed to Guangzhou in June to undergo treatment for his stage 4 lung cancer.
Born in Boyolali, Central Java, on Oct. 7, 1969, Sutopo gained respect from the nation for providing the latest information on natural disasters on Twitter and Instagram, even when he was at the hospital for his chemotherapy.
Prior to his departure, Sutopo had been actively updating the public with the latest information on disasters in the country through his Twitter account, @Sutopo_PN, which has more than 235,000 followers.