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Elderly expat dies after falling from Pattaya condominium

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An 88 year old American man died last night after he fell from his eighth floor condominium in Pattaya. Police say they suspect the incident was suicide, but are still investigating.

A security guard patrolling the area found the man’s body on the ground outside his condominium on Soi Buakhao around 10pm last night and alerted Pattaya City Police. Officers found a note which included his room number. They searched the room and found the man’s passport.

If you or someone you know is feeling depressed or suicidal, contact the Samaritans of Thailand at 02-713-6793.

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    Jon

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Flying elderly expats are a common phenomenon in Pattaya.

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    P D N

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    I think in this case suicide is quite likely to be true, especially taking into account the increased stress facing the older expats.

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      Richard

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:09 pm

      Stress from what…?

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    J West

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    The Flying Club claims another member. Why is returning home a life or death decision?

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      P D N

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      I suppose many of the elderly expats have ‘burnt their bridges’, run out of cash, and have nothing to return home to, apart from poverty, misery, and failing health. There are worse things in life than death.

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        Alexandra

        Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 6:04 am

        This is true. A person doesn’t flippantly take their own life.

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        Karena

        Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 9:18 pm

        Completely true and very sad !

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      Henry Ford

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 10:35 am

      Would you want to return home at 88 with probably no home or family. Spend your remaining few months of life in some cold tacky care home or on the street. I would do the same especially if you have health problems. Maybe he was in pain.

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    Simo

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    R.I.P.

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    John is My Biggest Fan

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    This article needs editing by Johnny and his “inverted commas”.

    I’ll start you off, Johnny.

    “falling”
    “died”

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      Slugger

      Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      TIT

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    Buttaxe

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    These expat Pattaya balcony ‘fall’ statistics must be on a par with Thai Covid deaths by now, and equally dubious.

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    Flushing Johnny Is-san

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    One step for mankind….one clear misunderstanding of gravity! Clearly Covid-19 psychosis….caulk up another CCP Virus death!

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    bob

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Sad. But why has his life become what it was so bad. Sexpat probably. Warning to all Sexpats – it often does not end well – and very rarely ends well.

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      Mark Campbell

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:28 am

      why the arrogant virtue signaling bob? what does it have to do with anything?

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    brian mc

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    why always the 8th floor?
    they should make builds no more than 7 floors and put an end to these suicides.

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      Karena

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:33 am

      Are you for real ?/ You can die from jumping from the 7th floor, or 6th, just as easily as the 8th !!!

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    dispensed

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Perhaps he got a bad diagnosis and didn’t want to inconvenience other people by clinging to life for as long as possible. You don’t have to go very far to figure out that the “every life is precious” mantra of the high priests of medical science doesn’t really hold up in the real world. It’s quality, not quantity.

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I’d rather see out my twilight years in pattaya than in an old folks home anytime.
    88 seems a pretty decent age to me.
    Not sure why so many choose such a dramatic and painful way to close the final chapter though.
    RIP sir.

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      Strider

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:51 am

      Why do so many choose such a dramatic and painful way to close the final chapter? Because they have no choice. Because assisted suicided is illegal in in all but a couple of countries around the world. Just like the abortion question, my body, my choice, it should be made legal. I believe it to be a dignified way to go.

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    Bkksexmonsterboi

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Why do u guys stay any higher than 3rd floor?

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    Karena

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:46 am

    Sad !

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    trav

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Just out of curiosity, how many retired expats die from a fall yet their pension just keep on rolling in month after month, year after year…

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    Rack

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    My reply not seen fuck you left motherfuckers hope they suck the narrow backs you are.shame on u!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Motorbike taxi attacked tourist in Pattaya because he was annoyed

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A Pattaya motorbike taxi driver is saying he was annoyed when he attacked a Chilean man out of nowhereearly yesterday morning. Amorn “Jeab” Boonmee was arrested after confessing to allegedly slapping and kicking 24 year old Salvatore Andres Castromedina, breaking his nose. According Khaosod English, Amorn says he acted in a “blind moment of fury” because he was annoyed by the man.

“I apologize. I was annoyed at the tourist who came up to speak to me and I didn’t understand what he was saying. He wouldn’t go when I told him to. I’m someone who gets annoyed easily, especially at people who talk a lot.”

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“I really didn’t want this to happen. It’s already hard to make money. [Castromedina] had also been drinking alcohol.”

Rittisak says he is the one who took Castromedina to the police station to file a report. He also says he turned himself in after the incident took place. Castromedina was sent to the hospital after the attack for medical treatment. According to Khaosod English, a picture shows police officers giving Castromedina a basket of chicken essence soup, wishing him a speedy recovery.

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A Pattaya motorbike taxi driver is being accused of attacking a Chilean national, leaving his nose broken and face bloodied. 24 year old Salvatore Andres Castromedina, filed a report to the Pattaya City Police at around 2am this morning after saying he had left a nightclub on Pattaya’s Walking Street after it had closed.

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