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Caitlin Ashworth

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Police are investigating the death of an 85 year old American man who appeared to have fallen out a window of his 7th floor condominium. Officers say they do not suspect foul play and there are no signs of struggle. The man’s wife speculates that her husband may have fainted while cleaning the glass.

Jerry Harris Bunker has lived in Thailand for 10 years and was married to 33 year old Thai woman Praweena Naphom Bunker. Praweena says her husband was good natured and healthy.

Praweena was working in their art studio in a renovated room next door when her husband allegedly fell. Neighbours found Jerry’s body in the back of the complex.

Police say a window was open and the man’s glasses were on a table nearby. They say the man suffered a major head injury from the fall which caused his death.

The man’s body was taken to the Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for an autopsy. Police are still investigating.

SOURCE: Thai Examiner

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      sam thompson

      Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:11 am

      He was 85 years old and his wife is 33 years old now that is even more ridiculous than the premis of the article. Reckon she just got fed up waiting.

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        Perceville Smithers

        Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:32 pm

        Not uncommon…there was an age difference with Hugh Hefner and his girlfriends and Anna Nicole smith was married to a billionaire oil tycoon who was dnear 90 when he died.

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          John C.

          Friday, October 9, 2020 at 6:01 pm

          Yes, it’s not uncommon for men with gold-digger wives to have sudden, unexpected accidents. I bet she’ll be feeling just awful when she’s out on the first shopping spree.

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          Noneya Bidnizz

          Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:04 am

          I Guess Scamming and Scheming American Goldiggers Have More Patience Than Thai “ Ladies“

          By The Way , I`m an American Farang with a Thai Wife and Very Much IN LOVE with each other — We are Both Teachers , 8 Years different in age. ( and She Makes better money than I do ! )

          Guess He Got What He PAID For.

          O Well , Mai Bphen Rai — Lao Jo Ghan — Kru Estebe —

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        Paul Dawidowicz

        Friday, October 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

        Your comment shows that you are a racist.

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          John

          Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:04 am

          Nothing racist about it it’s a world wide phenomena and has nothing to do with being racist…how ignorant of you to detract from a very common and likely scenario!!

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      Craig

      Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:38 am

      Honey, can you clean the windows, please?

    3. Avatar

      mark

      Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      Sounds like he should have been more concerned with his own chute.

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      Perceville Smithers

      Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      Only in Thailand, Philippines, Kuwait and Dubai, UAE do I regularly hear stories non-nationals falling to their death from high rises or upper levels of buildings.

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      RA

      Friday, October 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      Well I’m going to be very cautious if the wife asks me to clean the windows. But even so, I’m probably safe as I have a 1 story house.

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        John C.

        Friday, October 9, 2020 at 6:02 pm

        How good are you at detecting arsenic?

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      Robert Bunker

      Friday, October 9, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      If ever the number of Covid deaths in Thailand get close to the numbers of farangs falling from great heights, the numbers dying daily in road accidents or shot dead by family members gone mad, then the country will really understand the meaning of crisis.

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      Sherlock Holmes

      Friday, October 9, 2020 at 9:27 pm

      “Police say … the man’s glasses were on a table nearby.” That’s strange. Why wasn’t he wearing them ? Without his glasses how would be able to tell if the window was clean or not ?

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        Jowen

        Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2:31 am

        Lol ? no sh*t Sherlock ? it’s time for you to solve this case ?

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      Andre

      Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:01 am

      So this man at an age of 75 married a 23 year old girl? In theory at least. Must have been love.

      I guess we all know what actually happened. I also think we should just accept it as no foul play.

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      Dr Watson

      Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:04 am

      Yes there are a few holes in that story, the glasses being the main one as my estimable colleague Mr. Holmes stated just now. I’m sure the Thai authorities will eventually ask why he was leaning over a dangerous ledge when he couldn’t see and might even check his medical records to see if he has any history of fainting?

      It all seems a bit obvious to me Mr. Holmes.

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      StayHard Til You Drop

      Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 3:11 am

      “Darling, you don’t need your prescription glasses to clean the window on the balcony rail. I will hold you steady”

      Next day, 10 AM… at Thai Bank

      Didn’t take a crystal ball to figure this one out…

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      WTF

      Monday, October 12, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      Wondering how long this farang was married to the Thai lady 55 years younger than him.

      He was probably too old for her to get life insurance on him, buy curious if he put her as co-owner on any assets and if she had access to his wealth, if any.

      Perry Mason would have solved this.

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      joe

      Monday, October 12, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      he asked her to toss him off and she misunderstood

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