According to the Malaysian ambassador to Lebanon Ilango Karuppannan, Theophilus did not survive the accident. She was rushed to a general hospital in district but was shortly reported dead.
Karuppannan said: “From what we were informed, Claudia and two Lebanese friends were taking a look at several rifles, when one of it accidentally went off. She was rushed to the hospital, but attempts to save her life were unsuccessful.”
An initial police report states that no evidence indicated that the incident could be of criminal nature. Karuppannan said the embassy was notified around noon and it immediately sent its officers to the hospital where they later received a post-mortem report. Theophilus’ family has been informed about the unfortunate incident.