Connect with us


British tourist confirmed as Tiger Disco fire victim



PHUKET: Royal Thai Police forensics experts have identified British national Michael Tzouvanni, 24, as one of the four people killed in the Tiger Discotheque fire in Patong early last Friday morning.

The news was announced at a press conference led by Assistant National Police Chief Charamporn Suramanee at the Royal Thai Police Institute of Forensic Medicine in Bangkok, where the bodies of the four victims, found in the aftermath of the blaze, were taken for identification.

Lt Gen Charamporn explained that forensics officers confirmed the identification through dental records provided by the family.

“Forensics officers identified the cause of death as suffocation,” Lt Gen Charamporn said.

“The family have accepted the investigators’ findings,” he added.

Joseph Tzouvanni, the victim’s brother, arrived at the institute with representatives from the British embassy, this afternoon, to claim the body.

However, the family have decided to leave Mr Tzouvanni’s remains at the institute until arrangements are made through an insurance company, Lt Gen Charamporn said.

Joseph arrived in Phuket on Sunday, flying directly from London, after hearing news of the fire. He made an emotional plea to the public for any information that might prove his brother Michael was alive.

Efforts to identify the remaining three bodies are progressing slowly.

“We have received DNA samples from the Thai families who believe they have lost loved ones to the fire. The results from the DNA tests should be available within one to two days.

“In our efforts to confirm whether or not the fourth body is that of the Frenchman believed to have died in the fire, we have yet to receive DNA samples from the family involved,” Lt Gen Charamporn explained.

— Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime31 mins ago

Teen soldier murders cousin for allegedly raping his mother

Video58 mins ago

Thaiger Unfiltered

World1 hour ago

Monkeypox victims told to avoid animals after pet dog is infected

Sponsored1 day ago

Super luxury villas in Phuket with breathtaking ocean views

Thailand2 hours ago

Elephant rips mahout’s body in half in southern Thailand

Thailand3 hours ago

2 men on a motorcycle rob a gas station in Chon Buri

Thailand3 hours ago

PM Prayut suggests studying Buddhism to cope with rising electricity bills in Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand4 hours ago

Indian man arrested for smuggling 17 live animals out of Thailand

Guides4 hours ago

English-speaking counselling/therapy services in Bangkok

Thailand4 hours ago

Thai man faces prison for growing & selling corals online

Crime5 hours ago

‘Real owner’ of Mountain B nightclub released on bail for 1 million baht cash

South5 hours ago

UPDATE: 21 year old man found dead after Deep South bombing

Cannabis5 hours ago

Thai govt open to cannabis recreation, not pot-smoking tourists

Thailand6 hours ago

Tourists travelling for pot-smoking not welcome in Thailand | GMT

Press Room6 hours ago

School’s In, Face-To-Face Learning Shifts to the Home

Destination Guide21 hours ago

Best areas to live in Phuket (2022)

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11