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Phuket Tragedy: Aussie Tourist Found Dead in Patong

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
PHUKET: An Australian tourist was found dead in his room at a Patong resort about 8pm last night.

The man, aged 53, is believed to have suffered a heart attack, say officers from the Kathu Police Station, which oversees Patong.

The man's body has been taken to Patontg Hospital. Phuketwan has been given the man's name but will not publish it until relatives have been notified of his death.

Police did not reveal the name of the resort.

Phuket police usually supply a list of expat deaths on Phuket and the causes to coincide with the scheduled three-monthly meetings of Phuket's honorary consuls with Phuket's governor.

The honorary consuls have yet to meet as a group with Phuket Governor Maitree Inthusut. The last meeting was with his predecessor, Governor Tri Augkaradacha, on September 17 last year.


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People die every day. While he died young, somebody dying from a heart attack calling 'a tragedy' seems a bit overdone.

Posted by stevenl on March 5, 2013 11:05


Phuket seems to have the highest heart attack rate in the world. There are no automatic autopsies in non definitive deaths in Thailand like in other countries so the cuase of death is less accurate.

Posted by Happy Farang on March 5, 2013 15:37


People do die everyday however it's not overdone when your 53 and you travel with your wife, the love of your life who you have been with since you were 14 to Thailand for a holiday and suddenly drop dead. Also add he had four children and three grandchildren at home and a wife who is stuck in a third world country by herself. If that's not tragic, I don't know what is.

Posted by Ashlee on March 7, 2013 04:02

Editor Comment:

Thanks, Ashlee. A few of our readers need heart transplants.


Well this article is actually about my dad and although you might not care it is 'a tragedy' to our family. Sometimes you got to put yourself in other people's shoes before you put your heartless 2 cents in.

Posted by Kate on March 7, 2013 07:08


@stevenl, how does someone take time out of their day to post unproductive and insensitive comments under a news article. Why bother? Feel sorry for this newspaper who is reporting facts but have you constantly pestering them with useless and ridiculous comments. No need for it. Get a life mate.

Posted by Liam on March 7, 2013 07:24


My condoleances to the family for their loss.
But sorry, somebody dying of natural causes, even at the age of 53, is in my opinion not a tragedy. That would globally mean 150.000 tragedies a day.

Posted by stevenl on March 7, 2013 10:22

Editor Comment:

Is a heart attack at 53 a death from ''natural causes''? Any sudden, unexpected death, especially while on holiday in a foreign country, is in my view a tragedy. Clearly, my view and the family's view differ to yours. To me, your response only proves it's an inappropriate and unedifying debate. RIP.


Any death, any where, any time, is a tragedy for someone. Choking on your own foot could even be classed as a tragedy stevenl.

Posted by Sudo Nim on March 7, 2013 15:30


So very sad. I hope his wife has friends to support her and is on a plane out with her husband shortly.

Posted by Ty on March 7, 2013 18:14


@stevenl, heres a definition for you: A tragedy is an event in which one or more losses, usually of human life, occurs that is viewed as mournful. Such an event is said to be tragic.

I will tell you what's tragic, though. That you are on a news article arguing with people and a family who have lost someone very dear to them. What's more tragic is the fact that you will never be half the man my father was or have a family as close and as loving as ours. You can clearly see this through your disgusting and repulsive behavior. It's utter disrespect. I pity people like you, I really do. Get off the Internet and actually do something good for your community or somebody, your constant opinions and how you will have to have the last word again (everyone wait for it) is not needed or wanted here.

Posted by Ashlee on March 8, 2013 04:26


Well done Ashlee . I see you are a person with genuine feelings for others . As for you stevenl, you are a person that unfortunately we have in this world that does not have compassion except for themselves. RIP to the poor man and his family.

Posted by Pwin on March 8, 2013 06:41


@ Ashlee..My condoleces to you and your family..i lost a son and contrary to stevenl input, it is indeed tragic to all concerned.
dont worry about people like him..he's a high post number guy on another forum..waffles on a lot about nothing..
Again sorry for your loss.

Posted by jonesy949 on March 8, 2013 09:39


"As for you stevenl, you are a person that unfortunately we have in this world that does not have compassion except for themselves"
I have a lot of compassion for others, and really don't care too much about myself. And yes, this event is sad, but IMO not tragic. You may not agree, others may not agree, but that is no excuse to write untruths about me.

Posted by stevenl on March 8, 2013 10:46

Editor Comment:

You've voiced the same opinion over and over, stevenl. Given that the article is about a family tragedy, your original comment was thoughtless and ill-considered. Your constant replies show not the slightest concern for others. You won't be posted again on this topic.


"You won't be posted again on this topic."
So personal attacks are allowed and opinions not in line with the editor are not. No surprise here.

Posted by stevenl on March 8, 2013 11:11

Editor Comment:

Your views have been more than fully aired. Your thoughtless, ignorant and insensitive display is the problem. Fortunately, it's your problem. Goodbye.


And there we have it, he had to have the last word again! Pathetic. So pathetic. Thank you to @Sudo Nim, @Ty, @Pwin, @jonesy949 and the editor for your condolences and kind words. It has been the most horrible thing that our family has been through. Having our parents go for a holiday and to have only one return home is tragic and heartbreaking. He was funny, caring and a real family man. He was full of life. You have never seen two people so in love, my parents were best friends, a team. Words cannot describe how amazing he was. The best dad/grandfather/ husband and friend. He will be missed by so many.

Posted by Ashlee on March 8, 2013 12:12

Editor Comment:

The last word is all yours, Ashlee.

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