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Yemeni national in apparent suicide at Chiang Mai hotel – VIDEO

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In a presumed suicide, a boxer from Yemen reportedly jumped to his death from his fifth floor hotel room in Chiang Mai. Police in Chiang Mai’s central district were informed of a man falling from a hotel in Sriphum subdistrict last night. At the scene, they found the body of 23 year old Ahmed “Kovid” al-Aidros, a Yemeni national, with injuries caused by the fall.

Officers questioned his Thai girlfriend, who reportedly told police that the dead man was a boxer who had been living in Thailand for more than two years and participated in boxing tournaments throughout the country.

“2 days ago, he picked me up from Phuket, to go on a trip to Chiang Mai Last night we talked about him being unable to find a boxing job due to Covid-19 before I went to bed, as we were planning to travel to Phrae the next day. I saw him walking out to the balcony, probably to smoke a cigarette, I thought, but he never returned, so I got up to check and saw that he had already jumped.”

Authorities speculate that the man might have decided to commit suicide due to the stress of being out of work.

The body was sent to Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital for a detailed autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Police have informed the office of the consulate-general of Yemen in Bangkok to contact the deceased’s family.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    What makes this news?
    By what standard of journalism is one suicide in a country of 70,000,000 people newsworthy?
    Or is it simply the fact that the suicide was a foreigner?
    Why does The Thaiger gravitate toward stories like this? Is your message that foreigners here tend to off themselves?
    I have been repeatedly told by the CEO that The Thaiger is NOT journalism and that his “reporters” are NOT reporters, which is obvious, but as you can see from Mr. Burton’s self-bio above, he certainly wants us to see him as a first-rate journalist, since the journalism school he want to “hands out journalism’s prestigious Peabody Awards.” Well, then, Neil Armstrong, Will Ferrell, and John Wayne graduated from USC in L.A., just as I did, and I once saw Ed Asner in a bookstore in Westwood, and my father was captain of the Yale baseball team the year after George Bush the Elder was, and dad used to say he sometimes went out for a beer with William F. Buckley, Jr. in New Haven when they were undergraduates, and … Wait. Breaking news! British tourist caught on CCTV picking nose and flicking booger at passerby.

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      John Smith

      Monday, August 31, 2020 at 9:22 am

      He was a known professional MMA fighter he wasn’t just anybody .. he is a Yemeni national who grew up in the uk with many people who love him and care about him this one article here has Helped given closure to all the people whom care about him abroad in Yemen/Uk so this particular article helped a lot .. he wasn’t just any foreigner maybe to you but not to us he was a brother, a son and a very good friend who took care of anyone around him. please don’t disrespect him or any of the dead or to anybody who kills themselves .. RIP Ahmed al Aidros Aka Dodi Ahmed ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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        Noor Faris

        Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 3:21 am

        Thank you john for saying this about my cousin
        By the way my cousin is not that kind of a person who would commit a suicide He didn’t … Something is missing about his case
        May he Rest In Peace

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          Lilly Anders

          Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 7:00 am

          Yes something is missing about this case for sure, very odd and doesn’t event make sense. May There be justice for Ahmed, a great and optimistic warrior.

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          Lee

          Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 3:46 am

          Ahmed he was a British national as well, and he didn’t commit a suicide at all, this is a lie he’s been pushed off the balcony, for some reason the government is trying to cover that, ahmed did not need to work as his dad was able to support him throughout his life. Ahmed was murdered as the rest of the Yemeni athletes.i know him since he was 5year old. Rest in peace my son.

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        Lee

        Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 3:45 am

        Ahmed he was a British national as well, and he didn’t commit a suicide at all, this is a lie he’s been pushed off the balcony, for some reason the government is trying to cover that, ahmed did not need to work as his dad was able to support him throughout his life. Ahmed was murdered as the rest of the Yemeni athletes.i know him since he was 5year old. Rest in peace my son.

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      HellsAngels

      Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 4:26 am

      Everyone matters and every single story matters because this article helped alot about the story that much people outside of the country didn’t know. Do everyone a favor and keep your damn mouth shut and your comments to yourself. This is someone who died and you shouldn’t disrespect anyone who passes. This man is a great journalist and we applaud his work. You are someone who is not worthy with your childish mentality. Be a professional and don’t post anything unless you have something respectful to say.

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Jack Burton died of a heart attack on Monday morning. So you won’t need to whinge and moan about his writing any more Keith. We are looking for another writer to take his place although at this stage our small team is deeply shocked. The Thaiger will continue to publish stories of public interest, whether you think they’re interesting or not.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Another victim of the virus, or rather the unreasonable ridiculous restrictions imposed to prevent the tiny chance of dying from the virus.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    I am sorry to read that Jack Burton died. He wrote well.

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    Lee

    Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 3:56 am

    Ahmed he was a British national as well, and he didn’t commit a suicide at all, this is a lie he’s been pushed off the balcony, for some reason the government is trying to cover that, ahmed did not need to work as his dad was able to support him throughout his life. Ahmed was murdered as the rest of the Yemeni athletes.i know him since he was 5year old. Rest in peace my son.

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    Unknown

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Rip dodi Ahmed I love you bro

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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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