Russian tourist, 42, drops dead while chatting with friends
PHUKET: Police have yet to determine why a Russian tourist died suddenly in a Phuket hotel room early yesterday morning.
Timur Ivanov and his two traveling companions were eating fruit and drinking a hot beverage together at a hotel at Bang Tao Beach when he suddenly passed out.
The friends called hotel staff for help, and rescue workers were summoned to the Bangtao Tropical Residence at 1:15am, said Lt Thanapop Rattanaburi of the Cherng Talay Police.
“The rescue workers spent almost an hour trying to revive Mr Ivanov,” he noted.
Police found no signs of struggle and do not suspect foul play, Lt Thanapop said.
However, language problems prevented police from communicating with Mr Ivanov’s friends.
“We are investigating the case and will talk to them again, with a translator,” said Lt Thanapop.
Doctors at Thalang Hospital will establish the cause of death, he added.
— Thawit Bilabdullar
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