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Australian in Patong Hotel Balcony Leap Dies in Phuket City Hospital

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
PHUKET: An Australian man who startled onlookers when he jumped from the balcony at a Patong hotel yesterday died in Vachira Phuket Hospital overnight.

The man, formally identified as Joshua John Smits, 24, was transferred from Patong Hospital to the better-equipped Vachira in Phuket City after he leapt from a third-floor room at the new Patong hotel.

He suffered head injuries in the leap but the cause of death is thought to be a heart attack. There has been no explanation for his behavior.

Mr Smits startled a maid who was making up the room at the hotel when he ran through the street, up the stairs, through the room and jumped from the balcony.

Bar owners in Patong later reported a man answering Mr Smits' description had been behaving in an odd manner.

In Thailand, the ground floor is considered to be the first floor so in many other countries, the balcony would be categorised as being on the second floor.

Mr Smits had been holidaying on Phuket with a group of friends. His family has been notified of his death.

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R.I.P little cousin my heart is with you .. It is unbelievable you where to good to go so young .. The world is a mixed up putrid place !!!!
Love jarryd, Tj and Keeta

Posted by Jarryd on June 25, 2013 09:32

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R.I.P

Posted by Norway on June 25, 2013 11:17

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R.i.p joshy.
You had a good heart and will always be known as an awesome son, cousin, brother, friend. Remember all the good times when you played baby's with me when I was a little girl. Loved and missed by many. I love you joshy. Love from latoya-lee (toya) & Belinda (bib). Xx

Posted by Latoya-lee on June 25, 2013 11:45

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R.I.P sad news indeed for a young guy and his family and friends...

Posted by mal on June 25, 2013 12:55

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R.I.P joshy.

Posted by Anonymous on June 25, 2013 13:02

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RIP my little mate your gonna be missed big time.... Hope all in heaven are ready for you man... Rest easy brother you were taken way too soon xxx

Posted by Juzzy on June 25, 2013 14:08

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R.I.P josshhhyyyy
May you rest in peace sweet angel. You will forever be in our hearts. Il see you on the other side babe xx lovee you more then ul ever know.

Posted by Emjayy on June 25, 2013 14:21

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So sad Joshy don't understand how this has happened. Your going to be so missed and never forgotten

Posted by Ash on June 25, 2013 15:34

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R.I.P Joshy ,still cant believe this has happened i will always remember you mate catch ya on the flip side... :'(

Posted by Ryan on June 25, 2013 16:01


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