Elderly woman killed by toddy palm fruit in northeast Thailand

The body of an elderly lady was found lying face down beneath a palm tree in a rice paddy in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima this morning. The woman, 78 year old Dee Namchanad, was out cutting down toddy palm fruit to sell at the market when the fruit hit her in the head and killed her.

A 6 metre long stick of bamboo with a knife attached to it was found next to Dee’s body. Dee made a living by harvesting toddy palm fruit and selling it at a market in Non Sung district.

Toddy palm fruit, or palmyra palm, looks similar to a coconut. It is commonly used as an ingredient in Thai desserts.

Dee’s 45 year old relative Wiphawadee Wongnok said he was driving back from the market when he noticed someone lying face down under a palm tree in the middle of a rice field. When he got closer, he realised it was his relative, so he called for help, but Dee had already died from her injuries.

An autopsy at Non Sung hospital revealed that Dee died from a fracture to her skull. Her family are not suspicious of any foul play.

Dee’s body has been returned to her family who will carry out religious ceremonies.



Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.