Ash Sing, the masked singer who died from a brain aneurysm in September, has revealed he will be returning to the spotlight for the first time in 2018.

The singer, who was found in his bedroom in the home of his mother in August, had not spoken publicly since his death and was known to be a recluse.

The masked singer, aged 32, had been on the run from the police since his arrest on suspicion of murdering a man in October 2016, and he had been held in isolation at a secure facility.

But in an interview with Newsnight, Ash Sing revealed he was planning to return to the public eye.

“I think I’ll be out in 2018,” he said.

“As I said, I don’t think I’m going to be back as a solo artist.

I want to come back as an artist and I’ll see what the future holds.”

The news was met with shock and outrage across Australia and worldwide, with hundreds of people calling for Ash Sing’s release.

A number of politicians called for him to be released on bail and released to live his life.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Ash Sing was a “respected and well-known Australian performer” who was “a beloved member of the Australian community”.

“We are all very saddened by the death of Ash Sing,” it said.

The department said the family had asked the department to release Ash Sing under the Family Law Act, which protects the privacy of deceased people.

“It would be irresponsible to comment further at this time, and we would urge any members of the public to contact their local police, as we are currently working with the authorities to find out the circumstances of his death,” it added.

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