British publisher Colin Hastings dies in car crash in Chon Buri

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The 74 year old British owner and publisher of The BigChilli magazine died yesterday in a car accident in Chon Buri province of Thailand. He reportedly lost control of his car and crashed into a house wall.

Officers from Sattahip Police Station responded to the fatal accident in Soi Captain Muek in the Bang Saray district of Chon Buri province at around 2.30pm yesterday.

Officers discovered Colin Hastings, a British man, unconscious inside his damaged black Toyota Vios sedan. The vehicle had suffered significant front-end damage from colliding with a house wall.

Rescuers from the Sawang Rojjana Dham Foundation and medical workers from Yan Nasang Wararam Hospital retrieved Hastings from the car and performed CPR for over 30 minutes but sadly, they were unable to revive him.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Police are speculating that Hastings may have been speeding before losing control of the vehicle. The cause of this loss of control remains unidentified.

Reportedly, Hastings suffered from a congenital disease, although the specifics of his illness have not been disclosed to the public. An autopsy is currently being conducted at the Institute of Forensic Medicine of Police General Hospital in Bangkok.

Hastings is the publisher and owner of a Thailand-based magazine called The BigChilli and a member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT). His magazine covers news, reviews, profiles, sports, and more, with distribution in major locations in Thailand including Pattaya, Hua Hin, Rayong, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and Phuket.

Hastings is also the father of a former well-known actress, Anchalee “Angie” Hastings. The 45 year old half Thai, half-British actress left the Thai entertainment industry after marrying her Kuwaiti husband.

Angie shared the news of her father’s passing last night on her Instagram account.

“I lost my father today. We are still in shock. I just need some time.”

Angie also shared a fond memory of her father by posting a picture of him on her wedding day.

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British The Big Chilli publisher dies car accident chon Buri
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