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Popular Thai comedian Kom Chauncheun dies of Covid-19

Neill Fronde



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Covid-19 claimed the life of Kom Chauncheun, a popular Thai comedian, who died this morning after an 18-day hospital stay. The comedian tested positive for the Coronavirus 18 days ago and checked into the hospital immediately after. He had been treated at a private hospital but transferred to Ramathibodhi Hospital, a government-run facility as his condition worsened. On Thursday Kom had organ failures and was moved to critical condition status. Medication was ineffective as he risked cardiac arrest last night. Early this morning, his daughter made the announcement that he had died.

The comedian, who had appeared in Thai films Narok in 2005, The Microchip in 2011, and E Riam Sing last year, was 63 years old. After learning that fellow comedian Ball Chuenyim had contracted Covid-19, Kom, who had recently worked with Ball, went to Serirak Hospital along with 10 family members. After being tested on April 11, the results were received the next day, indicating that while his family were not infected, Kom had indeed contracted Covid-19.

His family when into a 14-day quarantine and Kom checked into the hospital. His daughter Napatcharin “Ice” Preedakul has been updating Kom’s Facebook page regularly throughout the ordeal, keeping fans updated on the comedian’s condition. News channels also followed his condition on TV. Fans poured in support for the ailing comedian.

Kom, whose real name is Akom Preedakul, passed away from Covid-19 around 7:30 am. His family took his body to the Bang Khen district of Bangkok. Kom’s funeral service began at 3 pm at Wat Phra Sri Mahathat Woramahawihan temple.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Phuket Tony

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    AND…… what were his underlying health conditions.. ?

    lets not pretend he was someone in good health as we know people aren’t just dying of Covid, even though people are being lead to believe that…

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    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Between 2003 and 2008 I saw some english translated comedies at Big C Pattaya with this guy and others with a gf I had who liked going to the movies. Although I wasn’t too much into Thai movies I must say that this guy was funny and made some good movies even for a farang like myself to appreciate.

    R.I.P. Khun Kom.

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    Tony is smart

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1:24 am

    What Tony said…

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 3:29 am

    Phuket tony is no doubt a sad and lonely old man

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:30 am

    PT. Kom is an example of someone who, 3 weeks ago, was living his life and not in danger of dying any time soon. COVID gave him a push and now he’s dead.

    If you’re obese, have diabetes, asthma, a heart condition or are elderly you’re at risk. That’s a large % of the population. You yourself may have one or more of these underlying health conditions and not know it. You may have several decades of life if COVID does not come knocking at your door. Or you may have several weeks like Kom did because of COVID.

    You may not care if you contract COVID and become ill and maybe die but others do. Most people and their nations have chosen to try and avoid this virus. You have your opinion but it’s a flawed one as far as they’re concerned. Do yourself a favor and stop spreading the fake lies about how COVID isn’t killing people and they would have died anyway. People will avoid you like the virus itself and you’ll have a very sad life.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:00 am

    @Ben – well said

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Ditto, @Keith – “@Ben-well said”.

    “If you’re obese, have diabetes, asthma, a heart condition or are elderly you’re at risk. That’s a large % of the population.”

    FWIW, if you do a little research it’s as much as a third of the population in Thailand – more in some countries.

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    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    I guess getting healthy and cutting out the junk food isn’t an option do were all now prisoners to their bad life choices. Their health is my responsibility? What a clown world.

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6:03 am

    @ben agreed 100%. With that user name Tony is not doubt a white male expat who most likely is also obese and elderly so I really don’t understand why he has no regards to the danger Covid actually poses for him. The guy has a death wish with that attitude and I condone anyone spreading lies about covid not causing deaths.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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