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Karl Ernst, born in July 1932, died on Phuket, November 2011

Phuket Tourist Has Sex, Dies in Patong Inn, Aged 79

Friday, November 4, 2011

Phuket police have named the dead man as Karl Ernst, born in July 1932.

Original Report

PHUKET: A German tourist has died aged 79 after spending the night with a bar hostess at a Patong resort, police said today.

The man went out last night with three male friends, Patong police said. He returned to his room at the Anchalee Inn, in southern Patong, with a bar hostess.

This morning, police say, the hostess awoke about 10am to find the elderly man dead in the bed alongside her. She alerted staff at the inn and they called the police.

Officers from Kathu Police Station, which oversees Patong, went to the inn today and were satisfied the man had died from natural causes after possibly suffering a heart attack.

The body is at Patong Hospital and German Embassy officials will notify the man's relatives.


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Only way to go.

Posted by Glen on November 4, 2011 11:25


That's the kind of news families like to read when about to make a booking/reservation for Phuket!! A sex tourist dies when banging a bar girl at the age of one million!! ;-))

Posted by jojo on November 4, 2011 12:31



Posted by Rachael on November 4, 2011 12:48


Charming post Jojo, can't wait to read the comments following your demise. Hopefully they will be more tactful. RIP Alte Man, hope you had a smile on your face.

Posted by Mister Ree on November 4, 2011 13:00


Make love for the last time with a younger woman, fall asleep and never wake up! It's a nice death, who cares about what the others are thinking now. RIP.

Posted by Jean-Paul Patrick on November 4, 2011 13:25


Rachael...why do you call him a pervert?

Posted by sky on November 4, 2011 13:42


" About 4000 million cubic metres of flood water from Ayutthaya is expected to reach Bangkok on Wednesday, Deputy Bangkok Governor Pornthep Techapaiboon said. "

Seems like 10 times more water than the dispersal system can cope with. "The problem is City Hall can drain no more than 400 million cubic metres of water a day, Mr Pornthep said."

If the figures and story are correct expect to see massive flooding in central Bangkok on an unprecedented scale. Is City Hall the drain plug where all this water disappears ? Would a bigger City Hall solve the problem ? I doubt that very much.

If it's true reporting from the BKK Post, it's not just Phuket that suffers from bad planning, lack of foresight or inaccurate statements by government officials.
I have deep sympathy for all those affected by this disaster.

Posted by innocent bystander on November 4, 2011 14:40

Editor Comment:

Wasn't this last week's peak surge? I have no idea why you've appended this comment to the above article, innocent bystander. Is it wise to recycle old news?


Apologies. Certainly it was not my intention. A simple glitch with the Lasarus ( form recovery ) App.

This is what was meant to be sent.

Quote " Make love for the last time with a younger woman, fall asleep and never wake up! It's a nice death. "

I had to read the story again Jean-Paul but I assume you are jumping to conclusions. I see no mention of the hostesses' age.

It may have been she was also 79 or even older. It might have been the sight of her in daylight that caused him to pass out for good.

Either way not a bad innings.

Posted by innocent bystander on November 4, 2011 15:04


I hope she had fun. Maybe he overdosed on viagra

Posted by thom on November 4, 2011 15:33


"I hope she had fun."

Not sure if she was in it for the fun (sex with a 79-yr-old then waking up beside his lifeless body doesn't probably rate high on the fun scale), but what I do hope is that she asked for payment in advance!

Posted by Lana on November 4, 2011 18:14


I'm not implying anything but I am uncomfortable with the apparent ease the local police double as Medical Examiners and determine the cause of death by just a casual glance over the body.

I know autopsies are not commonplace here but I would like to think that at least a superficial examination by trained medical staff would not be too much to ask.

Posted by Steve.C on November 4, 2011 19:21

Editor Comment:

Forensics teams do seem to be involved more often but there's certainly no coroner.


Judging from his id his name was Karl Ernst, and he is German. ;)

Posted by Lena on November 4, 2011 20:26


Why do you publish this with copy of ID card and all? Personal integrity has no meaning to you? I experience news like this digusting. Very low.

Posted by Hockey on November 4, 2011 20:36

Editor Comment:

As journalists, we report what happens truthfully, Hockey, free from bias, free from prejudice, and free from moral judgements. Your desire to read only about some events and to impose your tastes on what gets reported is offensive to those of us who are not narrow and judgmental. If you don't want to read the truth, spend your time on sites where the truth is not reported. There are plenty of them. You are free to pick and choose. Take advantage of that freedom - please.


Editor from where do you got this picture of the id card? was it free? i agree, i don't like when you post id cards of dead people. i really hope i will not be on your page one day...

Posted by Mike on November 4, 2011 22:16

Editor Comment:

We don't pay for information.


i know we have to be tactful about these matters.. but the guy got his "bucket list" ticked.

Posted by eugen on November 5, 2011 05:28


To Editor: the truth is welcome, but in delicate matters, unfortunate deaths should be handled in a different way, not hanging out the person's ID card for everyone to see. This news could have been dealt with more discrete and the identity did have to be revealed. It is the way of handling the truth that disgusts me. Your truth often are not accurate either.

Posted by Hockey on November 5, 2011 08:30

Editor Comment:

Every death is sad, but death is a part of life. As a Thai news site, we treat death in the matter-of-fact way that Asia does. We do not shrink from it, the way westerners often do. There are certainly aspects of death that we sometimes shield our readers from. But it will happen, Hockey, and there's nothing especially ''delicate'' about it when it comes. If you go back through Phuketwan, you will see, sadly, quite a few ID and passport photos. There are also some photos we receive that we do not publish. Publication of a photograph of a father cradling his dead daughter in his arms after a pickup crash caused some consternation. So did the publication of drowning victim Max, aged 10, being wheeled to a hospital emergency room. We published those photographs for a reason: in the hope that people would understand more fully the dangers on the roads and in the water. You may feel disgust over publication of a passport photograph. But you should understand that not everyone shares that view, and that your disgust would probably be better saved for some other aspect of life and death where it might be deserved and appropriate.


Hi Innocent Bystander, what would be a bar hostess's age generally?

Posted by Jean-Paul Patrick on November 5, 2011 10:06


Editor, i agree, death is part of life and we shouldn't shrink from reporting it. However, you do say you 'report what happens truthfully.' Your headline says 'Phuket tourist has sex.'. How do you know that for sure? Maybe the old man was lonely and just wanted to spend the night cuddling someone. Report the truth - yes, but don't make up sensational headlines ASSUMING that because he was with a bar hostess that he had sex. That is the part that is insensitive for his family to read about.

Posted by Mr Man on November 5, 2011 10:26

Editor Comment:

We avoid assumptions, Mr Man. The police information was detailed enough for them to know what happened. We were given a precise account. In the interests of all, we've withheld the details. And you are assuming too much, as usual.

I don't intend to respond to other comments on this issue.


Printing a picture of the dead man's ID card is wholly unnecessary. The way this article has been written shows a complete lack of class.

Posted by Bobby on November 5, 2011 12:04

Editor Comment:

My, Bobby, your first comment, and it's so constructive. We've been publishing ID card and passport photos for almost four years. What took you so long?

I did say I intended not to comment, but there is one thing I probably should say:

What never ceases to amaze me is how many readers expect the journalism delivered to them for free to be complete and accurate . . . and how many of them complain when it is.


Thanks to additional information on the ID, I was able (thank you google) to track his business, his telefon and home adress quite easily. Maybe next time crop the foto a little bit better.

Posted by Lena on November 5, 2011 20:37

Editor Comment:

There won't be a next time, Lena. The poor man is dead. Perhaps you had better start campaigning for Google to stop telling you so much.


To innocent bystander.
have you ever seen a 79 year old bar hostess? I sure haven't.

Posted by graeme on November 7, 2011 16:33


@Jean-Paul Patrick. Who said she was younger? lol

Posted by agogohome on November 8, 2011 08:27


that's the good thing about thai news, they say and show it how it is. if there is a car crash they will go around and show all the bodies in the car, blood and all...

Posted by adam on November 9, 2011 02:39


If he was my Grandad, I would have said good on you Pops and had a beer to him! I suspect that he was far happier this way than dying alone in some place never having spoken to someone for ages.
This is a land of smiles where many things are done and excepted, and were done before we came here. We came here because of this freedom, so all you moaners go back to the STERILE SAFE LAWFUL countries you left

Posted by Frank on November 13, 2011 11:29



Why would you want to find out what this dead man's home address is? Or his phone number and business? Are you some sort of necrophiliac? Get some help, fast.

As to this article being "cruel" or whatever, the man is DEAD, so he won't be complaining.

Posted by christian on November 13, 2011 15:28


hahaha, now I have much more sympathy to ed's sometimes funny outbursts, some of your readers are very special ones.

So for you christian: Why I googled? Because I care for privacy. For myself and others, even after death, even for the families left. After all the fuss about showing the ID, I wanted to make a point, that with the not too good cropped ID foto a lot more infos are at your fingertips and suggested to cut the ID pics more. Ed was so kind to point out, that there will be no more ID showing, even better. Have a nice sunday.

Posted by Lena on November 13, 2011 18:33

Editor Comment:

Did i say that? I think we will be publishing IDs wherever it's appropriate still, as we have done for years without complaint until recently.


So you only publish the truth ??

Seems not to be the case. You say you'll make no more comments but in truth you just can't help yourself can you. You simply cannot help yourself !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Spam on November 13, 2011 23:07

Editor Comment:

No comment.



Posted by Jon on December 1, 2011 00:26

Editor Comment:

Thanks for your kind thoughts, Jon.


I also disagree with the posting of this photograph. The photograph should have been cropped to just the photo. You wrote his name in the article so why the need to publish his ID?
By the way when so many people complain perhaps its time to do what your readers want instead of what you want.

Posted by Michele on December 2, 2011 16:26

Editor Comment:

If journalists always did what the majority wants, Michele, we would be publishing previews of bad reality tv shows and reports of celebrity divorces. Spare us that illogical argument. As a first post, that's not encouraging.


Hope he went out with at least a smile on his face.

Posted by Chris Verich on February 17, 2012 01:17


Glad you died happy.

Posted by Anonymous on July 6, 2015 10:15


R.I.P. for Karl Ernst! He died in a Happy Way I assume! I know it is better this way then all others! He stays innocent till proven guilty otherwise does n't count here, Jojo?

Posted by phuketgreed on August 5, 2015 17:10


Better to go out with a "bang" rather than a whimper !, the whimper would be from the lady if fees were not paid up in advance i assume ?.
I am sure this would be the "death of choice" for majority of ageing males.

Posted by LES on September 25, 2015 02:00


Reading the coments again made we think. There are some strange comments.
Just say he came and he went.
He was finished with the job at hand. Lucky man Karl. R I P.

Posted by Duncan B on September 25, 2015 07:59


I'm shocked to learn that this type of activity occured in Patong...

...without me!

Posted by MoW on September 25, 2015 08:15


"Make love for the last time with a younger woman, fall asleep and never wake up! It's a nice death, who cares about what the others are thinking now. RIP."

Exactly. I hope to make it to the age of 82 or 83 as well, and that would be a perfect way to end it.

Posted by stevenl on September 25, 2015 10:13

Editor Comment:

Perhaps on the eve of your 100th birthday, stevenl. I remember a schoolboy joke about the old guy who said he only had sex once every five years, yet he seemed to really be performing much younger than his age. Why are you feeling so good? he was asked. ''Tonight's the night,'' he replied.

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