Resort maid Sommit Suka, 38, found the 46-year-old man dead on the floor of his room about 5pm, around the time people were fleeing Patong again for the second time in five days.
The man was last seen on Wednesday, after the first earthquake scare. He rode off on his motorbike, along with others, in the mass evacuation from Patong into the hills.
Staff at the resort where the man's body was found, in Hasip Pee Road, said he had crashed the motorcycle in escaping, hurting his head during the exodus.
''He was advised to go to hospital but apparently chose not to take that advice,'' police said today. There was no sign of a disturbance and all the man's belongings appeared to be in the room.
Phuketwan has been given a name but will not publish it until we are sure relatives have been notified.