The Head of Data Information and Public Relations Center for the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, has passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at around 01:00 Western Indonesia Time (WIB) at 49 years old. The Head of the TU Pusdatinmas Division of BNPB, Yahya, confirmed this when contacted by Tempo on Sunday morning (7/7) . Even so, Yahya had not been able to ascertain when Sutopo’s body will be brought back to Indonesia. He said Sutopo's family is still communicating with the Indonesian Embassy in China.
Sutopo was known to have departed for Guangzhou, China, to treat his lung cancer which was getting worse. He announced his departure from Soekarno Hatta Airport to China through a vlog (video blog recording) and uploaded it on his Instagram account on June 15, 2019. At that time, Sutopo also said that the cancer cells had spread to many other bones and organs inside of him. (tempo)