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65 year old Bangkok man in apparent suicide at Chao Phraya bridge

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A man reportedly jumped to his death from Bangkok’s Krung Thep Bridge into Chao Phraya River yesterday. Around 2pm officers at Bang Kho Laem Police Station learned of a body spotted in the river near the bridge that that connects Bang Kho Laem district in Bangkok with Thonburi district.

The 65 year old Thai man was about 165 centimetres tall, wearing a white and blue shirt, black shorts and a black facemask. An ID card identified him as Narong (last name withheld), from Bangkok’s Thung Kharu district. Police also found an appointment card with Ratburana Hospital dated Wednesday.

Police speculate that Narong might have been the man spotted standing on the same bridge on Wednesday night by pedestrians, who quickly contacted rescue staff. But rescuers reached the spot, the man had already disappeared.

Charnnarong, Narong’s 31 year old son, told officials that his father had left the house at 7am on August 26 for a checkup at the hospital, as he was diabetic.

“At around 3pm my dad had still not returned so I called the hospital, but they said he had not shown up. The reason for his suicide might have been the stress from the huge mortgage debt for our house, which I recently paid up but had not told him yet as I wanted it to be a surprise.”

Narong’s body was sent to Siriraj Hospital for a detailed autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

65 year old Bangkok man in apparent suicide at Chao Phraya bridge | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: Nation Thailand | Siamrath

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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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