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British man found dead in Thailand’s north east

Jack Burton

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Authorities have reported the death of 33 year old British national, Timothy Hoffman, who was found dead in a bathroom at a house the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani on Saturday night.

Police and a doctor from a local clinic were called to the man’s home shortly after midnight. They found Hoffman face down in the bathroom, wearing a short-sleeved grey shirt and a pair of grey shorts. He was believed to have died 4-5 hours earlier. There were no signs of a struggle.

Hoffman’s father Richard, who also lives in northeastern Thailand with his wife, says his son arrived in Thailand 2 weeks ago, and he and his wife tried to take care of him when he became depressed. Mr. Hoffman says he talked to his son at about 6pm on Saturday before going to sleep. At the time, his Thai wife was away in Bangkok.

At about 10.30pm he went to his son’s room and knocked on the door. When he got no answer, he entered and found his son lying in the bathroom. He took a motorcycle and asked a neighbour to call police. Police said the cause of death is not yet known and an autopsy is pending..

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

if you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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